Near Butte in Silver Bow County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Beaver Ponds Trailhead
Over 25 miles of non-motorized trails are available for hiking, horseback riding or mountain biking. The historic Milwaukee Railroad (Milwaukee Road) — the backbone of the park trails — is a gently sloping, 4.5-mile trail that can be accessed from several trailheads or any of the picnic areas. Along the route are two tunnels, a 600-foot steel trestle and great views of the Continental Divide.
A Philanthropist’s Gift
Thompson Park began as one of William Boyce Thompson’s many philanthropic endeavors. Born in 1869 in Virginia City and raised in Butte, William worked in his father's mines and later went to college in New York to become a mining engineer. He became a self-made millionaire and financier and founded Newmont Mining Corporation. Thompson's original gift
The Work of Many
The Works Progress Administration made major park improvements beginning in 1935. Over the years civic groups such as the Rotary, Lion's and Kiwanis clubs have assisted with park development. Volunteer efforts and recent funding from the Natural Resource Damage Program, Recreation Trails Program, Margaret T. Biddle Foundation, Newmont Mining and Northwestern Energy, continue to make Thompson Park a great place to visit.
Erected by City-County of Butte-Silver Bow County and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Parks & Recreational Areas • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 45° 51.93′ N, 112° 26.685′ W. Marker is near Butte, Montana, in Silver Bow County. Marker is on Highway 2 9.8 miles south of U.S. 90, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located at the Beaver Ponds Trailhead, on the east side of the highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Butte MT 59701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Great Divide Trophy (approx. 6.6 miles away); Spanish-American War Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.6 miles away); 832 West Park (approx. 11.3 miles away); The Con Headframe (approx. 11.7 miles away); Welcome! To the Top of the World (approx. 11.7 miles away); Butte-Anaconda Historic District (approx. 12.2 miles away); Butte-Anaconda-Walkerville (approx. 12.2 miles away); Rope Drive Compressor Wheels (approx. 14˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Butte.
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted at waist-level in a heavy-duty log frame.
Also see . . .
1. Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (the "Milwaukee Road"). In the 1890s the Milwaukee's directors felt they had to extend the railroad to the Pacific in order to remain competitive with other roads. The two main mountain ranges that had to be crossed (the Rockies and the Cascades) required major civil engineering works and additional locomotive power. Operating conditions in the mountain regions of the Pacific Extension proved difficult. Winter temperatures of −40 °F (−40 °C) in Montana made it challenging for steam locomotives to generate sufficient steam. (Submitted on January 9, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. William Boyce Thompson. William Boyce Thompson was an American mining engineer, financier, philanthropist, and founder of Newmont Mining. Thompson was one of the significant early twentieth century mine operators that discovered and exploited vast copper deposits that revolutionized Western American mining, and reaped for themselves tremendous fortunes. He donated money for parks and libraries at many of his mining camps. He donated $50,000 for a park in Butte. (Submitted on January 9, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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