Filed Under Butte

167 West Pacific

Butte National Historic Landmark District

Outlying settlements like Centerville sprang up so that miners could live near their work. Perched on the slope, Centerville’s steep streets witnessed many a wild winter bobsled ride down the long hill. A clanging bell cleared the way of horse-drawn traffic. Rise and fall of the copper market and increased automobile use reduced Centerville’s once substantial population. Little remains today along the streets where small businesses and lodge halls catered to the working class and small cottages housed families dependent on mining. This modest corner residence was built between 1890 and 1891. By 1895, Welsh miner Stephen H. Northey, his wife Margaret, and their two children were in residence. Like 40 percent of Centerville’s nineteenth-century population, both Stephen and Margaret were born in England. Stephen Northey had been diagnosed with tuberculosis when he died suddenly in 1909. At 45, he was a 25-year veteran, and victim, of Butte’s mines. The two-story, gable-front residence is typical of Centerville’s remaining historic dwellings that stand today in the shadow of the steel headframes.

Images

167 West Pacific 167 West Pacific (PAc 91-51 B5 RollBS03 F14). Front to side view of the house, facing northwest on West Pacific Street near the corner of West Pacific and Montana Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Brian Shovers Date: 1984

Location

167 West Pacific Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “167 West Pacific,” Historic Montana, accessed December 1, 2022, https://historicmt.org/items/show/2019.