World Museum of Mining - Part 4

July 22, 2016  •  3 Comments

Yup there's more!   Can you tell I like photographing old stuff?

Every good town has an Undertaker!

Joseph Richards came to Butte in 1892 from England and founded the business known at that time as "Richards, the Butte Undertaker".  He later added a different name -- calling himself "The Pioneer Butte Undertaker".  He was located in different parts of uptown Butte and once conducted business at 140 W. Park.  In 1908 he built a funeral Home at 15-19 South Montana.  In 1912 he sold his stock to his brother, Warrington Richards to later sold the business to Fred I. Root and George T. Wade.  in 1944 the management of the funeral home passed into the hands of Arlko T. Axelson, Step-son of Mr. Root.  With the death of Mr. Axelson in 1967, the funeral home was managed buy the Axelson Family who purchased the Wayrynen Funeral Home in 1970 and combined the two establishments under the name of Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home.  The present location is 1800 Florence Avenue.

From the Superintendent's House.  The fanciest house in town!

Next to the Cafe is the Red Light District - see the ladies waiting upstairs?
Okay to the red light needs some new paint but it was hanging over the door!

Loved the Soda Shop and yes that is me taking the picture - quit laughing. The Pharmacy.

The General Store.  Loved all the bulk bins although the fake ham was a bit cheesy. Couldn't pass up that they had a case for homeopathic remedies.   Reminds me that we aren't all the "new age" as we think. The Optician had his own shop as well with an amazing amount of gadgets.   Remembered that they ground their own lenses back in the day.

You can't see as many of the gadgets in the shot below but I actually think I like it better.   See the reflection of the town fronts in the glass?

This was one of the crosscut saws hanging on the outside of the Ice House.

Cool quote huh?

Loved this old typewriter!

Sorry for all the reflection but I had to share the Millinery Shop.

The Carpenter's Shop - The sign in the shop said "If it is made of wood, I can make it"

There was a full service Chinese Laundry as well.  That was really fun to see including brown paper wrapped finished laundry. Another fire engine on the property that we are thinking they may actually pull out and use in parades still. The Train Station.....
The Music Shop

The Stillwater Mine Company office. In one room there was a super cool player piano - not JUST piano but with a glass case above with drums and cymbals and horns.   Was super loud (you could deposit 50 cents to make it play) but really fun to watch!   This was one of the panels over on the wall beside it.   I didn't get a shot of the information sheet though darn it. This is an old old slot machine!


Comments

Brian King Images(non-registered)
Wow! So much to see! I love all that old stuff, too. Back then I bet a lot of it was considered advanced. In a hundred years what we think is advanced today will seem ancient to them.
Linda W(non-registered)
Wow - lots of really neat old stuff! Quite a collection.
diane(non-registered)
You found some great objects to photograph and done well. It sure looks like an in depth museum.
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