Butte has basically closed all restaurants, bars, casinos and other places where groups can gather. This is supposedly only a 1 week event, but with the current situation in the world right now, this may last much longer than initially predicted. Since my wife and I live out of town, and with no guarantee of open restaurants while we are there, we have decided to remain closed for now. We also don’t want to take any chances of allowing people who don’t know each other to be in tour groups together , potentially exposing others to COVID-19. The current government guidelines are groups of 10 or less for anything. We will re-evaluate the situation in 3-4 weeks time, and hope to be able to update our status by the first or second week of April. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. David and Charlee
The Dumas Brothel at 45 E. Mercury St. in Butte, is the longest running active brothel in U.S. history. It was open from 1890 until 1982. It had several different owners, and several different madams. Multiple changes were made to the structure over the duration of its life. New doors added at times. Other times doors and windows were sealed. In its early days women used to hang out of windows in varying states of dress, or undress in efforts to entice customers. As time progressed, that practice was stopped. Heavy doors were added with sliding portals so the doormen could to see who wanted in.
Rumors exist to this day about tunnels which ran from the Butte mines directly to the brothels. And tunnels from brothel to brothel. And possibly even a tunnel which ran from the courthouse to the Dumas. Those tunnels have long since been sealed although we think we have started to discover parts of them where they come into the basement.