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December 1, 2009
For 25 years Our Lady of the Rockies has overlooked Butte, Montana, from atop the Continental Divide. Yet visitors who want to get a close-up encounter with the towering steel statue have to take a three-hour round trip by bus to visit her mountaintop perch. An aerial tram would cut that trip to a mere five minutes.
Although more people visited Our Lady of the Rockies in 2009 than 2008, the folks in Butte may need a miracle to get their tram, and not just a Mary apparition miracle. After all, Mary’s already there, and she’s 90 feet tall.
We wonder if this sensible project might be running afoul of some kind of group prayer signal noise. After all, the wild border town of El Paso would be very unhappy to see its current-champion tramway overshadowed by Butte’s. Even some of the more conservative Our Lady volunteers might not be thrilled at the idea of a tram — they know that embarrassing things happen when you skylift people up a mountainside.
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