Copper King Mansion B&B

Where to stay in Butte, Montana

Look at this room:

Master suite bedroom at Copper King Mansion

Sleep where one of the wealthiest men in the world slept!

Master suite Parlor at Copper King Mansion-Butte

My own personal parlor

Master suite bath at Copper King Mansion

Lovely lavender bathroom in the master suite

This is MY room! Isn’t it gorgeous?! You may be surprised to learn where you’ll find this gorgeous room. And this room:

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Andree’s room in Copper King Mansion

And this room:

Daughter Huguette's room at Copper King Mansion B&B

Daughter Huguette’s room

And this room:

Family double bedroom at Copper King Mansion B&B-fresco-Butte

Fresco ceilings in all the rooms. This is the Family room with two double beds.

The Butler’s room, while small, is perfect for a single guest.

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The Butler’s Room

They’re all beautifully furnished in period pieces that celebrates the mansion’s heyday. This is Copper King Mansion B&B in Butte, Montana.

What I loved about Copper King Mansion is that it’s lived-in. This is not a museum like the Biltmore Estate where you can only view things from behind a cordoned-off rope. You can sit in the chairs. You can walk on the rugs, eat off the good china and play the player piano. Owner Erin Sigl says that was her grandmother’s philosophy and she has continued to carry it on.

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My tour guide played the player piano for us.

After all, Copper King Mansion B&B was — and still is — a home.

Copper King Mansion History

The history of this mansion dates back to 1884 when William Andrew Clark began to amass his fortune in mining & banking ventures. The cost to build the Copper King Mansion at the time, estimated at about $500,000, represented a half-day’s income for him!

He expanded his wealth over the years and amassed an estimated $50,000,000. His copper mines were instrumental in the growth of electricity, making Butte one of the first places in the world to enjoy electricity inside homes.

He is probably the only man ever to personally finance the development of a railroad. It traveled through a remote part of the country where the tiny town of Las Vegas was established. It’s no wonder that the county in which Las Vegas sits was later named Clark County.

In addition to the Copper King Mansion, Clark maintained homes in New York, Santa Barbara, California, and Washington, DC and residences in several other cities including Paris, France. Many of his children were raised in the Copper King Mansion. You’ll see pictures of them hanging throughout the B&B.

Staying at the Copper King Mansion

When I began planning my excursion to Butte, I looked at places I’d like to stay and Copper King Mansion was hands-down my first choice as home base for my adventures there. I wanted to fully embrace Butte’s rich mining and immigrant history and this beautiful Bed & Breakfast was kind enough to host me during my time there.

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Parlor sitting room in Copper King Mansion B&B. Guests are welcome to lounge here during their stay.

Before I checked into my room, I took one of the free tours of the mansion offered to guests. I love that we had the chance to peer into all the other rooms since they’re all uniquely furnished.

Kitchen in Copper King Mansion-Butte

Kitchen in Copper King Mansion

The present owners live on the 3rd floor where we journeyed to see three unique rooms that contain oodles of Butte history.

Touring Copper King Mansion

One room houses the doll collection of Erin and other members of the family. The oldest doll in this collection is the Madame Alexander doll dressed in yellow.

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The oldest doll is the Madame Alexander doll in yellow

Another room contained relics that the family rescued when several churches closed their doors in Butte. One room, chapel-like in its corner, is filled with religious robes, Bibles and other historical church items that might have otherwise been destroyed.

The family also rescued the huge pipe organ and period clothing that they store in the mansion’s ballroom.

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Pipe organ stored in the ballroom

Visitors to Butte who are staying elsewhere can take a tour, too, at different times throughout the day, for $10 adults/$5 children. Definitely worth it if you love exploring historic homes, mansions, inns, and the like. Copper King Mansion is an institution in the town’s history.

I loved having the Copper King Mansion as my home base while visiting Butte. Located Uptown, it was easy to walk everywhere and enjoy all the history that made Butte what it is today. Everywhere I went, locals greeted me warmly and said I should be sure to see the Copper King Mansion. Little did they know that I was staying in the very room where William A. Clark once slept. It’s probably the closest I’ll ever come to sleeping like a millionaire…

Which of these magnificent rooms would you like to stay in?

12 responses to “Copper King Mansion B&B

  1. Okay, I was 100% ready to stay here…UNTIL the doll pics. I have always been creeped out by dolls so not too sure if I could do this one haha. Love the look of this place though!

    • I think a lot of people have that reaction to dolls. Isn’t that funny? They have a room of their own. Not to worry. I only saw them on the tour. I have no idea what they were doing all night… 😉

    • The dolls are in their own room. 🙂 An interesting collection with a lot of history. But I was more taken with all the woodwork, chandeliers, frescoes and such. It was a beautiful home and is in such good shape. You can feel that it’s a “home.”

  2. This reminds me of the ambiance of Jekyll Island. We stayed in the San Souci House, which was loaded with vintage era antiques. It does make a difference when you sleep in the same bed vs simply admiring them from across the wrong side of a rope barrier.

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  4. Oh you would have loved the B&B we stayed in when we did the Bourbon Trail. I’ll try to find the information (but my husband planned the whole trip so who knows if I can). It was a lot like this.

    TBH I lean more modern in my tastes, in terms of where I want to spend the night, but I’m sure I would have enjoyed a tour!

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