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About Lisa's Story

"I love things that are old and glittery, that come with layers of glamor and past lives"

– Candace Bushnell –

Mystery, layers of stories and the sense of the people that came before us – this is what I live for. The old pillars and architecture in this old mining town of Butte tell the stories of mystery, big money and miners. The cracked and peeling paint are like the wrinkles of an old woman – the beautiful battle wounds of a well-lived life that tell of past memories.

When I walk the streets of Uptown I often imagine the trolleys and horse-drawn carriages that pulled people along in this booming mining camp. I often wonder, what did they look like? Who were they?

Layers of stories – this is how I see and how I photograph. The story of the 100-year old business-owner of Matt’s place – her face has aged but the background of the business is still the same. As you visit the Original during the Montana Folk Festival, you can almost imagine the miners holding their lunch pails filled with pasties and gravy. During a walking tour, you can smell the history in the underground speakeasy that was packed during prohibition.

We are made from the people and events that came before us. For me, my great-grandmother was born in Elkhorn, Montana, which is now a ghost town about 45 miles from Butte. Since I was a child, I have been fascinated with the layers of intricately-designed wallpaper and leftover box springs in these homes that are now vanishing into piles of wood. It was always an adventure to explore the buildings – the worn, broken floorboards, the roofs falling in, and the stairs falling sideways. My history lies in Elkhorn – but my future history resides in Butte.

I believe in Butte, and I believe our youth, community, Montana and the rest of the world should see us as we are – a town that helped support the war efforts via copper and other metals, a place where you are not afraid to let strangers help you change a flat tire, a place where you can see, smell, and even taste the mysterious tales that seem too overly fantastic to be true.

Random Facts

  • I have a dog named Millie – DOG LOVER HERE!

  • I secretly hate it when an old building is being remodeled – I LOVE peeling paint and old door knobs!

  • I’m addicted to Starbucks…Iced Mocha’s, no whip!

  • To me, heaven is exploring an abandoned building with ancient artifacts…each item tells its own story

  • I believe in Butte…its people, its history, everything.

  • Its not an adventure unless you are worried the ceiling or floor boards might cave in at any given moment.

  • I can 80’s dance like nobody’s business! Well…that can be debated 😉

  • I heart If you need a good laugh, go there!

  • To me, weathered wood, layers of old wallpaper and dings in a wall are like wrinkles – beautiful because they tell a mysterious story of what once was.

  • I think a person is a made of their history – the people and places that once were…I love family land, an old Taxi company that was started by a great-grandfather, a quiet place you’ve enjoyed reading books at.