Filed Under Butte

319 North Montana Street

Butte Historic District

In 1885, dentist Robert Todd and his wife Emma moved into this newly constructed, Italianate style home. Like many early Butte residences, the kitchen was placed at the rear, under a separate, one-story roof to make it easier for bucket brigades to put out kitchen fires. In 1886, the Todds sold to Jesse and Elizabeth Wharton, who lived here with their three children until 1909. Jesse managed the Butte Electric Railway for copper magnate William A. Clark. In 1898, he defended the railway’s practice of transporting ore down Montana Street. While his neighbors complained that the “dreadful ore cars” kept them from sleeping, Jesse insisted that “The noise of the ore cars has a most invigorating effect and lulls me to sleep every night. It is one happy dream for me.” Jesse Wharton also created both Clark Park and Columbia Gardens, Montana's best-loved amusement park. Clark provided the funding, but he tasked Wharton with carrying out his vision. An escape from common cares, Columbia Gardens contained a zoo, pavilions, rides, and flower gardens planted with pansies for children to pick.

Images

319 North Montana, Butte View of facade Creator: Kelley Kraft, photographer Date: July 2021
319 North Montana, Butte View of facade Source: Google Maps Streetview Creator: Google Image Capture Date: July 2012
319 North Montana, Butte View of facade facing west Source: Google Maps Streetview Creator: Google Image Capture Date: July 2019

Location

319 North Montana Street, Butte, MT | Private

Metadata

Montana Historical Society, “319 North Montana Street,” Historic Montana, accessed December 7, 2022, https://historicmt.org/items/show/3340.