Our Lady of the Rockies is dedicated to all women and especially to mothers. It is a 90 ft tall (27 meters) statue, the fourth tallest statue in the US, sits on Saddle Rock atop Butte’s East Ridge, at an elevation of 8,510 ft. The tall white figure resembles the Virgin Mary, standing with her arms open, gazing at the mountain’s bottom.
The initiative to building the statue was of a local Butte resident, Bob O’Bill, who promised to build a 5 ft statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe if his wife, Joyce, would survive cancer. She did. And on December 29th, 1979, the work on the statue began. Money and material were donated, and all the work was done by volunteers from the community, who designed and created the statue.
On December 17th, 1985, a helicopter from the Nevada National Guard team lifted the statue in four sections to its current location. The statue is visible from the road at any time of the day, but if you want a closer look, guided tours during the summer season from Butte.
Our Lady of the Rockies original 12/20/1985 video
The words of the men truly involved in the vision and completion of Our Lady on the day her construction was finished!
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