Columbia Gardens was an oasis in the gritty city of Butte. Tucked in the mountains, the Gardens was home to Butte’s entertainment for many families over the years. The Columbia Gardens had everything for children to enjoy– rides, a zoo, playgrounds, and even a ballpark. The Columbia Gardens were purchased by the Copper King, William A. Clark in 1900. After he passed away in 1928, the Columbia Gardens became the property of the Anaconda Company. Some of the people’s favorite memories were the bi-planes or wooden rollercoaster. With the pavilion holding many Butte High and Butte Central dances, it also had many bands perform as well. The Columbia Gardens closed in 1973, and the people of Butte felt devastated. Today people still have fond memories of the park.

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