Rechanneling the boom-and-bust history of Butte, Montana

At the top of the Continental Divide, under the watchful eye of “Our Lady of the Rockies,” sits the town of Butte, Montana.

Rayelynn Brandl grew up here, riding bikes like local hero Evel KnIevel on what was once called “The Richest Hill on Earth,” thanks to Butte’s incredibly productive copper mines.

“It was wonderful; it was absolute freedom,” Brandl said. “We rode our bikes everywhere, we built trails.”