Butte is a region surrounded by ghost stories, and boasts a few famous paranormal hot spots of its own! The city was once the site of many mining disasters. It's not surprising that many people consider it haunted—especially considering all the ghost stories that have been circulating around the area since its founding.
In Montana, you can find a variety of ghost hunting experiences. The state is known for its rich history and death tolls from mining accidents and gunfights. Here are some popular ghost hunting locations in Butte:
Abandoned Mine Shafts
Many abandoned mine shafts exist near Butte that date back all the way back to when silver was first discovered here in 1864! Some are now blocked off but others remain accessible via footpaths or roads nearby so hikers can explore them for themselves (or just take pictures). It’s thought that these shafts provide access points into other realms where ghosts reside – including those from miners who lost their lives trying to get precious metals out from underground caverns such as these. These mines were home to many disasters and with that being said, you can only imagine the kind of energy housed by these places. The biggest, and most well-known of these disasters is the Granite Mountain Spec disaster. According to SouthwestMt.com, the Granite Mountain Spec disaster was the largest hard rock mining disaster in the world. This tragedy took at least 167 lives. It’s no wonder people experience paranormal activity in Butte, especially considering the number of lives taken along with the energy that still resides here.
The Dumas Brothel.
The Dumas Brothel was a legal brothel in Butte, Montana. At one time, it was one of the most successful businesses in Butte and is now one of the most well-known ghost sites in Montana. The brothel was opened. As reported by Dumas-Brothel.com “The Dumas Brothel was opened in 1890 by brothers Arthur and Joseph Nadeau. They had immigrated to the U.S. from French Canada in 1868. In 1878 Joseph married another French-Canadian immigrant named Deliah Dumas.” There is no doubt that the Dumas is haunted, and people have come from all over the world to see it for themselves. The Dumas Brothel has fascinating history and even better ghost stories tied to it. In fact, it’s known as one of the most haunted places in Montana and countless people have uploaded their own personal evidence of the hauntings. If ghost hunting is on your itinerary, the Dumas is a good place to check it off your list.
Old St. James Hospital.
It's no surprise that a hospital with a history like Old St. James is rumored to be haunted. The building dates back to the early 1900s and was once home to the Butte Sanitarium, built by the Sisters of Charity of Providence in 1908. It was later used for residential treatment for those suffering from mental illness and various other ailments, including tuberculosis patients who were sent there from all over Montana. In 1918, it became an Army hospital during World War I before reverting back into civilian use again until it closed its doors in 1981 due to financial reasons (the state had run out of money). Since then, it has become known as one of Montana’s most haunted locations with numerous reports coming from visitors about seeing apparitions and hearing voices inside when it's completely empty!
In conclusion no matter how you feel about ghosts, it's always interesting to hear more stories from the people who have lived through them. I've been lucky enough to visit some of these famous places myself and can attest that there is definitely something strange happening in Butte! If you're feeling brave enough, maybe you'll want to check out one of these paranormal hot spots for yourself?
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