Butte’s cash cow
The Berkely Pit, America’s largest body of toxic water located in Butte, Montana, is becoming a popular tourist destination—so popular that admission to gaze at the toxic pit doubled this year (from $1 to $2 dollars).
Tainted water covers about 500 acres, goes to a depth of some 900 feet and is toxic enough that it was blamed for the deaths of 342 migratory snow geese that landed on the water in 1995.
Admission fees brought in about $18,600 between June 15 and Sept. 30 last year. Some of the proceeds will go toward improvements intended to make the site even more attractive to tourists.
Splash Mountain, anyone?