Destination: Butte, Montana

by Colleen Clancy Hansen

published by Colleen Clancy Hansen

  • Butte, Montana, was once the "richest hill on earth," a source of amazing wealth and the copper that eventually wired America. In Destination: Butte, Montana, Colleen Clancy Hansen tells the stories of Butte's early years through the lives of her ancestors from Wales and Ireland. From the late 1800s forward, the Johns, Davises, and Clancys witnessed firsthand the War of the Copper Kings, the Tong Wars, the Granite Mountain Mine disaster that killed more than 160 men, the Spanish flu pandemic, and two world wars. A retired secondary school teacher of English, Clancy skillfully weaves the families' personal tragedies and triumphs into Butte's grand drama, following the rise and fall of copper barons, the emergence of America's labor movement (and the violent backlash), and the tapestry of ethnic communities that proudly produced more than half of the country's copper.

160 pages, 6 x 9, 32 b/w photos

ISBN 10: 1-59152-141-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-59152-141-9

August 2014





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Colleen Clancy Hansen align= Colleen Clancy Hansen holds a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education with an English major and a speech/drama minor, and a master's degree in the Art of Teaching. She retired after teaching secondary English for twenty-five years. Always encouraging her students to publish, she began to enter writing competitions herself and was awarded eighth place in inspirational writing in the 82nd annual Writers Digest competition and honorable mention in the 78th Writers Digest competition for the poem, "To a Grandmother, Adeline, I Never Knew." The poem is the basis for Destination: Butte, Montana. Colleen has been a member of HEA, MEA, and NEA. Since 2006, she is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. Alec Hansen, Colleen's husband of forty-two years, is the director of the Montana League of Cities and Towns.

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