The Anaconda Smelter Stack was constructed in 1919, as part of a massive copper smelting operation. It is 585 ft tall, making it, according to some, the tallest freestanding masonry, and perhaps the largest, in the world. It is also situated on a hill and is visible from miles around, including from I-90 between Deer Lodge and Butte. In fact, the Washington Monument (at 555 ft) would easily fit inside this towering smoke stack! A strange and amazing monument to industrialism, when viewed in conjunction with Butte’s Berkely Pit, gives an idea of the scale of the mining operations that once dominated this part of the country.
After the smelter was closed in 1981, the stack was saved from demolition by an active community group, and is now a state park. The viewing site for the Anaconda Stack is located at the junction of Park Street (MT Highway 1) and Monroe Street at the eastern edge of Anaconda. The site is adjacent to Goodman Park. Access is limited to the viewing/interpretive area only.