A company is a living, breathing entity. It is either evolving or dying.

—Angela Blanchard

Butte, Montana, began to attract miners during the mid- nineteenth century, primarily to pan and dig for gold and silver. There were some successes, but Butte didn’t live up to the expectations elevated by its early gold rush. Despite this, it is still referred to as “the richest hill on earth.” Why?

Within a few decades of the initial rush, disappointed speculators were selling their mining claims in Butte for dirt cheap. A handful of people began to buy up and consolidate claims and mining operations, content to extract wealth at ...

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