Suspicious fires in 1895 destroy Montana boarding houses; ‘firebug’ never caught

  • Source: Missoula Current
  • Published: 05/16/2022 12:00 AM

PHOTOS: It was described as the “largest and most elegantly appointed boarding house in the Northwest.” Butte’s Hale House, constructed in 1895, offered nearly 200 rooms “for the busy toilers of the great copper camp.” The Anaconda Standard newspaper described it as modern in every way, constructed of brick and stone, with “everything to make it complete in drainage, light, heat and ventilation.” It included “spacious halls, a good library well supplied with books, and all the leading magazines and dailies, free for the use of the guests.” The great kitchen, reported the newspaper, contained “every device for convenience and cleanliness … and the immense dining room is a model of neatness.” Opening night at the Hale House was a great social affair.


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