“Richest Hill,” a Must-Listen Podcast About Butte, Montana

Butte, Montana

We learn that Butte is “full of stately Victorian-era brick buildings and ornate mansions right next to ramshackle cottages,” and built into a steep hillside in the Rocky Mountains. It overlooks a “mile-high valley ringed with gorgeous snowy peaks.” It’s a rowdy party town with no open-container laws (a Montana woman asks if she’s allowed to describe Butte as “badass”); it has a folk-music festival; it played an essential role in industrial history. And it’s home to environmental contamination on an epic scale—Superfund sites that are mind-boggling in their surreality.

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