Founded by Marcus Daily, in 1883, Anaconda was a popular copper mining town. Montana wasn't even a state back then! Mr. Daily wanted to name the town Copperopolis, but the name was taken already--thank goodness!
If you are ever in the area, you should definitely stop by this little charmer. I want to give you an insider/outsiders guide to the town. You'll want to stay at the Trade Wind Motel, the owners and staff there are amazing & there are mini fridges in their rooms, I believe it's only $80 per night! Or, if you are wanting to be pampered a bit, go out to Fairmont hot springs... but be prepared to set aside an entire day to just spend out there! They have golf, mini golf, swimming, a slide & a petting zoo!
While you're in town, be sure to check out the historic Washoe theater, that's it on the left. The entire building is a standing piece of art, inside & out. Also, you'll never meet a kinder, more sincere man that Jerry Lussy. He has been the owner there ever since I can remember. He is there to greet you at every showing with a smile on his face, and hasn't changed his prices in ten years. Plus, there is a balcony.
If you're there in the winter, bring your ice skates. If you don't have any, go to Sven's bicycles, they rent them out. Right across the street from the Washoe is the town commons, they freeze it all for skating and decorate the tree, it's magical. Going there is one of my very favorite childhood memories.
Just a half a block up is the Hurst free Library. It is Amazing! Go there.
Washoe Park is beautiful too, plus it has a duck pond, and a fish hatchery.
If you're hungry, there are a few new places in town and a couple of Anaconda classics you'll have to check out. La Casa Tuscana, Barclay's, O'bellas & Donivans are some of my favorites! If you're in the mood for pizza or have children with you, check out the Haufbra. Be sure to ask for some of Pete's peppers!! All of these restaurants are family owned & very original.
I try to go "home" at least a few times a year. My parents no longer live there, but a couple of my closest friends do & I always love revisiting the past. I have a lot of wonderful memories in this little town, including my husbands marriage proposal.
That's all I have time for now, it's time to put my children in their beds & kick my feet up for the night. Thanks for the read!