BUTTE – Butte’s icon Columbia Gardens amusement park closed in close proximity to 50 decades in the past, but a Butte pair have a large dream to see it reimagined on land they individual on the East Ridge.
“We are likely to satisfy a dream we saved alive for some several years and we know the town of Butte is likely to want to soar on this and get likely on it,” stated Joan Simon.
Dave and Joan Simon have 40 acres of land on the East Ridge in Butte they hope will be the website of the rebuilt Columbia Gardens, a place that has cherished recollections for them. They experienced their initial day there the calendar year it closed.
“I get a phone, ‘you want to go to the prom. I can’t guarantee you anything, but I can dance,’ and I even now approved and four several years later, we acquired married,” claimed Joan Simon.
A tiny heritage lesson on the Columbia Gardens. It was built by Butte copper king William A. Clark and it to start with opened in June of 1899. It remained in procedure there east of St. Ann Avenue till the Anaconda Firm closed it down in September of 1973. Two months afterwards, most of the park was destroyed in a mysterious fireplace that some believe was arson.
“People of Butte really do not understand what a gem we have with the Back garden. The Gardens have often been there for the men and women of Butte right until 1973,” claimed Dave Simon.
The pair is trying to find enter from the general public and individuals intrigued in investing in the venture they estimate could charge much more than $50 million to complete. They’d like to make it feel like the primary park.
“The structures will be form of nostalgic. What our prepare is to make it what we try to remember,” stated Joan Simon.
This archway, found just exterior of city, is just one of the several remaining artifacts from the unique Columbia Gardens and the Simons have a desire to recreate the park, so they can develop new memories for a new generation.
“The way Butte’s normally been to the Simon family members more than the yrs we just want to give a little something back to the local community,” stated Dave Simon.