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Our Lady Of The Rockies

3100 Harrison Ave, Butte, Montana 59701 USA

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“Second tallest statue in the USA”

Butte, Montana is probably most famous for being home to the Berkeley Acid Pit, an open lake of toxic sludge that formed after a mining incident (it even has an observation deck and gift shop). But while you're checking out the barren views at the acid pit, if you turn your eyes to the mountains, you'll see a site that's a little more, well... hopeful. From the Berkeley Pit, Our Lady of the Rockies is only a faint white nub among the massive peaks of the Rocky Mountains, but if you take some time to get a little closer, you'll learn that not only is the statue impressively tall, but it also has a touching story to go along with it.

It all started in 1979. Butte resident Bob O'Bill's wife was seriously ill with cancer, and the two needed a miracle. Bob offered a prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary that he would build a 5-foot statue of her in his yard if his wife recovered. His prayers were answered and his wife's cancer went into remission... and so O'Bill began to plan to make good on his promise-- but he didn't exactly stick to his word. Instead of a 5-foot statue in his yard, he had begun to imagine something much grander and more impressive: a 90-foot tall beheamoth on top of a mountain.

Of course, none of it would have been possible without some help, and O'Bill was very lucky on this front. A friend named Joe Roberts donated a plot of land on the mountains right along the Continental Divide, and another buddy engineered the design of the statue-- a crucial element, since it needed to be able to withstand the strong winds up on the peak. Still others were needed to help blast a road up the mountain. Even the concrete for the base was donated, and the huge statue was flown in four pieces to the site by the Army National Guard.

While the Our Lady Of The Rockies is technically a statue of Mary, the mother of Jesus, people from all religions and walks of life contributed to the project, and the nondenominatioal memorial was dedicated to mothers everywhere-- and many even considered it a monument to hope in a town that, right as the statue was built, was suffering from economic hardship as mining companies left. You can even go inside the statue-- but be prepared to be moved: the walls are covered in letters and mementos left their by visitors in memory of their loved ones. If you have a special intention in mind, you can bring along a little something to leave with Our Lady of the Rockies and you can rest assured that she will take good care of it.

Even if you aren't in it for the inspirational story, the statue is definitely still worth a visit. It's currently the third tallest statue in America (behind the Statue of Liberty and this massive monument of Pegasus killing a dragonin-- where else?-- Florida) but its perch high above Montana makes it quite the landmark-- it can be seen from miles and miles away. That also means that visiting it up close and in person means that you'll get some truly epic views of the Rockies. The only way to get there is to hop on a shuttle bus to the statue that leaves from the Butte Plaza Mall (convenient, since it leaves everyone better able to take in the scenery on the ride up). But it's just as comforting to know that pretty much wherever you are in Butte, she'll be watching over you, just in case you need anything.  -Roadtrippers


Our Lady Of The Rockies is a 90-foot (27 m) statue, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, that sits atop the Continental Divide overlooking Butte, Montana

Our Lady of the Rockies is only a faint white nub among the massive peaks of the Rocky Mountains, but if you take some time to get a little closer, you'll learn that not only is the statue impressively tall, but it also has a touching story to go along with it.

It all started in 1979. Butte resident Bob O'Bill's wife was seriously ill with cancer, and the two needed a miracle. Bob offered a prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary that he would build a 5-foot statue of her in his yard if his wife recovered. His prayers were answered and his wife's cancer went into remission... and so O'Bill began to plan to make good on his promise-- but he didn't exactly stick to his word. Instead of a 5-foot statue in his yard, he had begun to imagine something much grander and more impressive: a 90-foot tall beheamoth on top of a mountain.

Of course, none of it would have been possible without some help, and O'Bill was very lucky on this front. A friend named Joe Roberts donated a plot of land on the mountains right along the Continental Divide, and another buddy engineered the design of the statue-- a crucial element, since it needed to be able to withstand the strong winds up on the peak. Still others were needed to help blast a road up the mountain. Even the concrete for the base was donated, and the huge statue was flown in four pieces to the site by the Army National Guard.

While the Our Lady Of The Rockies is technically a statue of Mary, the mother of Jesus, people from all religions and walks of life contributed to the project, and the nondenominatioal memorial was dedicated to mothers everywhere-- and many even considered it a monument to hope in a town that, right as the statue was built, was suffering from economic hardship as mining companies left. You can even go inside the statue-- but be prepared to be moved: the walls are covered in letters and mementos left there by visitors in memory of their loved ones. If you have a special intention in mind, you can bring along a little something to leave with Our Lady of the Rockies and you can rest assured that she will take good care of it.

Even if you aren't in it for the inspirational story, the statue is definitely still worth a visit. It's currently the third tallest statue in America (behind the Statue of Liberty and this massive monument of Pegasus killing a dragon in-- where else?-- Florida) but its perch high above Montana makes it quite the landmark-- it can be seen from miles and miles away. That also means that visiting it up close and in person means that you'll get some truly epic views of the Rockies. The only way to get there is to hop on a shuttle bus to the statue that leaves from the Butte Plaza Mall (convenient, since it leaves everyone better able to take in the scenery on the ride up). But it's just as comforting to know that pretty much wherever you are in Butte, she'll be watching over you, just in case you need anything.  - Roadtrippers

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Reviewed by
jessica.mertz

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February 12, 2016
Rated 3.0

Interesting to see, while passing through Butte. But I learned from some of the locals that it is better experienced on a tour which are offered during the summer (and I assume the warmer months). There are buses that climb the steep mountain and get you really close to the statue. I imagine that it is much better, seen up close. From the ground, it seems very small and getting good photos was difficult, even using a 50-300mm telephoto lens.

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Patrice2

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  • 1 Helpful
September 14, 2013

Is there a similar statue placed high on a mnt. Overlooking a highway in Nevada or California? I remember this from a road trip in 1980, anyone ?

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Reviewed by
virginiagingerturner

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July 25, 2017
Rated 3.0

Just a statue to see from the side of the road. Good pit stop for a stretch!

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LizGibney

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June 07, 2016

I always look forward to seeing the statue and didn't realize you could go up to it. Next trip for sure. Thanks for the information.

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AaronNaden

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June 02, 2016
Rated 5.0

You can see her illuminated like a huge Virgin Mary nightlight looking over the city. So cool!

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LaniAmmenJeffery

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March 23, 2016
Rated 5.0

Awesome! Love Montana.

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Reviewed by
Senrabad

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  • 1 Helpful
August 27, 2015
Rated 3.0

Stunning at night like some alien spaceship hovering over Butte Montana. I don't know if I would drive up there but it looks great from the freeway

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LenoreAlicia

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August 20, 2015
Rated 4.0

The address appears to be a tour company where you can buy tickets to see her. We got in after hours unfortunately but she's beautiful from afar.

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Our Lady Of The Rockies

3100 Harrison Ave
Butte, Montana
59701 USA

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