Anaconda, Montana
Goosetown and West of Main, 1945 +/- 2020

by Ray Haffey

published by J. Ray Haffey

produced by Sweetgrass Books

  • Join researcher and author J. Ray Haffey in Anaconda, Montana: Goosetown and West of Main, a comprehensive historical tour of Anaconda from “1945 to 2020.” Anaconda, Montana: Goosetown and West of Main, features a variety of histories that offer true insight into Anaconda’s identity through sections on education, sports, generational changes, local leadership, and oral histories. Haffey pays tribute to Anaconda via 78 historic black-and-white photographs, personal observations, and dozens of interviews, painting a vivid and thorough portrait of the city on the edge of the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness.

336 pages, 6 x 9 , 78 b/w photos, 1 map(s), Perfect Bound

ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: 9781591522300


    • One-of-a-kind collection offers a comprehensive history of Anaconda, MT from 1945 to 2020.

    • Stories of life in Anaconda told through interviews and photos.





Anaconda, Montana
Goosetown and West of Main, 1945 +/- 2020

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Ray Haffey is a true Baby Boomer. He was born in Regensburg, Germany September 4, 1947, to Joe and Audrey Haffey. His father, who was born in Anaconda, was serving in the Air Force during and after WWII. His mother, Audrey, was a war bride from England. After moving their oldest son, Joseph Raymond Haffey, to Anaconda at six weeks old, they would have five more children.

Ray went on to attend St. Paul’s Grade School and Anaconda Central High School and participate in local sports. After graduation from Eastern Montana College, he began teaching in 1969 in Roundup, Montana. In 1973, ACHS merged with Anaconda High School and moved up to a Class AA school. Ray was hired to teach US History/Government as well as start a gymnastic program. After acquiring a Master's Degree in counseling, he gained further endorsements in special education and school psychology. He was honored to receive the Who's Who teaching award at Anaconda High School and the Montana School Psychologist of the Year award in 2005.

He was proud to receive the Anaconda Good Neighbor Award in 2002. In addition to spending time with family, other favorite leisure activities include fishing, archery/hunting, and sometimes golf. 

His book was inspired by Alice Finnegan. Alice tried to promote Anaconda and preserve its rich history.  Though she met resistance, Alice stood firm. Today, a number of local historic buildings, streetlights, and artifacts have been saved through her and other citizens' efforts.

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