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After lunch at Gamer’s Cafe we drove over to the The Berkeley Pit Mine. It can be seen for mile as you drive into Butte from any direction and is located in downtown Butte. In fact, part of the town and to be moved to accommodate mine expansion. The mine is over 1700 feet deep and filled with acidic water. A water filtration plant has been build to clean up the water and will need to run forever. If the water level in the pit rises too high it will contaminate the groundwater.

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After leaving the Berkeley Pit we had one more stop before reaching Gardiner. On our last trip to Montana we developed a taste for Salmon Fly Honey Rye beer produced by the Madison River Brewing Company of Belgrade, Montana. Since we were driving through Belgrade we stopped at the brewery to pick up a case of Salmon Fly. Unfortunately it is only available in a few western states.

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