Humbled by the towering Pintlers, nestled in a mile high valley in the Deer Lodge National Forest, Anaconda presents unsurpassed recreational opportunity just outside town, in any direction. The town sprang up when the giant Anaconda Copper Mining Company of Butte needed a smelter for its vast amounts of copper ore. Smelting operations were suspended in 1980, but "The Stack" remains an important landmark and state park.
There are currently 94 active short-term (*Airdna.com) rentals in Anaconda, Montana
There are approximately 12 hotels or bed and breakfasts (*https://discoveranaconda.com/) in Anaconda, Montana
There are approximately 58 restaurants (*Yelp) servicing downtown Anaconda, Montana
Population 9,421 Total Population in Anaconda, Montana (Census)
Children 9.1% +/- 3.9% Under 18 years old in Anaconda, Montana (Census)
Housing $593 +/- $58 Median Gross Rent in Anaconda, Montana (Census)
Comparable Business Districts
Study of other successful small town historic business districts around the country can help us understand how to better adapt to address the challenges our community faces as well as to better achieve our goals. The following comparable business districts have similar geographical limitations and each share distinct similarities with Jim Thorpe. But they differ in that each has developed tourism in a way that it has become a primary driver of employment for the area.
These town’s all provide a high quality of life for their residents and each has recently been rated as one of the 50 best small mountain towns in America. All have developed either or a combination of satellite parking and trolly service to accommodate the volume of business to the area, have similar sized historic business districts, and some even have developed gondolas to transport people in and out of town.