Drumlummon Views Vol 3, No. 1: Coming Home — A Special Issue Devoted to the Historic Built Environment of Butte & Anaconda Montana
By Patty Dean
This special issue of Drumlummon Views sheds fresh light on the industrial and domestic landscapes that make Butte and Anaconda, Montana, so distinctive.
The issue features essays, portfolios, and reprints that showcase such underutilized/forgotten historic resources as an early 20th century newspaper series profiling queer spots in and around Butte and Anaconda (e.g. Chinese gardens, the Assyrian colony on East Park, the Cree village on the Butte Flats), historic photographs of sanitary conditions in Buttes working class neighborhoods, and a 1907 article on arts and crafts homes in Butte.
In addition, the issue offers new research on the landscape and architecture of Butte and Anaconda as a manifestation of dominance and power, multi family building forms in Butte, Anacondas roundhouse, and Buttes iconic mine headframes.
Scholars such as Brian Shovers, Fred Quivik, Chere Jiusto, Jon Axline, and Carroll Van West, whose works have long focused on the Montana landscape and built environment, share their current perspectives while a newer generation of historians such as Matt Basso and Kate Hampton introduce readers to emerging topics of interest.
The issue also includes works by visual artists, writers, and poets (Edwin Dobb, Roger Whitacre, Lisa Wareham, Ron Fischer, Joeann Daley, and Dennice Scanlon) who reflect on, interpret, and document the landscapes and cultures that make these places so extraordinary.