Butte, Montana, is a distinctive city in the American West that reached its industrial apogee early in the twentieth century. Since then, urban decline has left its mark on the local landscape and community. To assess how a modern sense of place has been shaped by Butte residents and leaders, this article examines how traditional landscapes of production are redefined in postindustrial Butte and also identifies significant modern landscapes of consumption that symbolize a city's attempt to survive in a postindustrial setting.
Key words: community, landscapes, postindustrial city, western American mining.
DR. WYCKOFF is a professor of geography in the Earth Science Department at the Montana State University.
To contact the author:
Mail: Professor William Wyckoff
Department of Earth Science
Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana 59717-0348
Phone: (406) 994-3331 (office), (406) 994-6923 (fax)
Electronic mail: UESWW@MSU.OSCS.MONTANA.EDU