Mar 17, 2012 11:54 AM by David Sherman
The famed M&M Bar in Butte is once again providing a livestream of St. Patrick's Day festivities.
Butte's strong connection to Ireland and Irish traditions stretches back more than a century, and the St. Patrick's Day celebrations are a staple of the Mining City, drawing thousands of people to what was once the largest town in Montana.
Molly Muldoon of IrishCentral.com noted:
Irish emigration to Butte can first be traced back as far as 1882. Less than two decades later, a quarter of the town's residents were Irish. Butte's present day population is made up of mainly descendants of people from counties Cork, Kerry, Donegal, Mayo, Cavan and Wexford. The Irish community set among the 40,000 or so residents are proud of their heritage.
The website ButteAmerica.com provides some background on the M&M:
The M&M was opened in 1890 by Sam Martin and William F. Mosby. Miners with a flair for cutting to the chase and coining a nickname, quickly labeled it "The M&M." The M&M originally featured a bowling alley in the basement, but its main forms of recreation were on the first floor, which was dedicated to eating and drinking, and on the second floor, which was reserved for gambling. Later, the gambling moved downstairs to the back room where poker tables and a Keno cage are still in operation, surrounded by electronic video gambling machines.
The livestream below is video only, no audio; if the video player below doesn't work after clicking the Play button, click here to watch on the UStream page.