Announcing the 105th Granite Mountain Memorial Celebration that will occur on June 11, 2022. If possible, please alert your readers to the upcoming event.
In remembrance of the greatest loss of life in recorded hard rock mining history, the service will be held Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 2:00 pm at the Granite Mountain Memorial. The Granite Mountain Memorial is an open-air plaza dedicated to the 168 men killed in hard rock mining's worst disaster. It offers the visitor a panoramic view of headframes, the east ridge, ongoing mining activities, and the interpretation of the events, people, and turbulent times that surrounded the catastrophic Granite Mountain/Speculator Mine Fire of June 8, 1917. The service will honor the 168 men who died in the fire.
The location of the Granite Mountain Memorial can be found at the top of North Main Street just past St Lawrence Church. Head east on Bernie Way and follow the road to the Memorial.
The Memorial was officially dedicated on June 8, 1996. Butte resident Gerry Walter researched the fire and was the driving force behind the construction of the Memorial. Funding for the Memorial's construction was received from the Environmental Protection Agency, ARCO, BSB government and citizens of Butte.
This year will be the 105th Anniversary. The memorial service will include the blowing of the original whistle from the Granite Mountain Mine. Tad Dale is the owner of the whistle and has offered to bring the whistle to the memorial for the service. Also, there will be the flag raising service and a short program. The Granite Mountain Board invites the community to attend the service.
If people are interested in purchasing a brick at the site, please contact Gerry Walter at 406-494-3841 or the Butte-Silver Bow Archives at 406-497-6226.