(Missoula, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today:
What: Beavertail Hill State Park Summer Speaker Series presentation, “Workers of the World
Who Came To Butte.”
When: Friday, July 20 at 8 p.m.
Where: Beavertail Hill State Park is located 26 miles southeast of Missoula on Interstate 90 to
Beavertail Hill exit #130, then .25 mile south on the county road.
Who: Thomas G. Satterly, University of Montana Western in Dillon.
Satterly, a descendant of an early Butte family, takes his audience back to the Roaring Twenties and Dirty Thirties in Butte. He brings alive “shift change” at the Butte mines back in the day. Listeners can hear the shuffling rumble of miners who hailed from Wales, Finland, Austria, Ireland, Croatia, Italy, China, Syria, Cornwall and every state in the U.S. Satterly’s stories include tales of the Italian supper clubs in Meaderville, boarding houses in Finntown, the Columbia Gardens amusement park, streetcars, and popular uptown “joints.” Come hear the stories that only someone with roots in Butte could tell.
In the 2011 summer season (May- August) more than 13,000 people visited Beavertail Hill State Park. Visitors find numerous wildlife viewing opportunities by following the park’s one-hour walking trail shaded by cottonwood trees. Species that might be spotted include moose, white-tailed deer, and birds such as nighthawks and great horned owls. The park’s spacious campsites are near the Clark Fork River.
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