Across the alley from the Butte Archives
is the remaining wall of the Butte Miner's Union Hall.
- On the annual celebration of Miner's Union
Day, June 13th, 1914 an angry crowd ransacked the Miner's Union
Hall after their own parade erupted into a riot. When the acting
mayor, Alderman Frank Curran appeared in the union
- hall to plead for calm, he was told to
"Go to hell," and then pushed out of the second story
window. All semblance of order followed him out the window.
- The mob removed the union's safe from
the building and took it to a field in the valley below. One
miner doused the safe with a liquid from a bottle that he swore
was filled with nitroglycerin. When it turned out to be whiskey
instead, dynamite was used to blow open the safe.
- Charles Moyer, president of the Western
Federation of Miners came to Butte to attempt to mediate the
conflict at the next regular meeting of the union on June 23rd.
At that meeting, he might have wished he had stayed home.
- During the contentious meeting, shots
were fired, killing one man. Moyer and other union officers vacated
the hall and once again dynamite was the tool of choice. The
hall was destroyed as the Uptown rocked with the repercussions
from blasts throughout the night.
- The remaining original wall of the hall
now serves as a Labor History Wall with interpretive plaques.
- A simulated rubble wall built adjacent
to the remaining wall further interprets the history of the labor