Uniquely located within walking distance 150 meters from the bowling alley,
convenient store, restaurants, grocery store, recreational parks and sport
facilities and much much more.
Our rooms are arranged for your privacy yet due to the location you are more
than welcome to enjoy the sites and local activities for your pleasure.
Anaconda was founded by Marcus Daly, one of the Copper Kings, who financed the
construction of a smelter on nearby Warm Springs Creek to process copper ore
from the Butte mines. In June 1883, Daly filed for a town plat for
“Copperopolis,” but that name already graced a mining town in Meagher County.
Instead, Daly named the town for his Anaconda Mine. The Anaconda Company
expanded smelting capacity over time, and by 1919 the Washoe Reduction Works
could boast that its 585-foot (178 m) smokestack (Anaconda Smelter Stack)
the tallest masonry structure in the world and that the smelter-refining complex
constituted the world’s largest nonferrous processing plant. In 1980, Atlantic
Richfield Company closed the smelter, bringing an end to almost a century of
mineral processing. Since then, an operation for environmental cleanup was put
into place by the Environmental Protection Agency and executed with the
assistance of ARCO. The multi-million dollar cleanup and investment has resulted
in the formation of "Old Works" Golf Course, a championship 18-hole course
designed by Jack Nicklaus.
History of the Vagabond Motel
Ann and her husband Paul Hawkins built the Vagabond Motel in the spring of 1961
based on a design by Mr. Hawkins, an art teacher at Anaconda High School. The
original plan included a dozen rooms with a center hallway. Two years later they
added another six rooms to the east. The center hallway, an uncommon feature in
small motels of that era, proved a convenient feature for customers.
During the years that followed, ownership of the motel changed once. Ann sold
the motel to former employee Sylvia Anderson on October 27, 2005. Anderson
worked as a maid and desk clerk from 1981 to 1997 and now manages the business
with co-owner Roger Anderson.
The Vagabond, as neat and trim as when it opened on Independence Day 1961, has a
steady clientele that includes customers who return year after year due to the
town’s scheduled events and activities. Those include sports tournaments,
especially the annual Wayne Estes basketball tournament and annual Goosetown
Softball Tournament, Art in Washoe Park, family reunions, weddings and funerals.
Additionally, since the Old Works golf course arrived, the Vagabond is a key
location for those golfers to stay.
The Vagabond continues to service many notable figures. These figures include a
governor, a United States senator and a man knighted by the Queen of England for
his work in medicine. The motel also served as home base for a crew filming the
movie “Runaway Train” in 1985.
The Vagabond name changed on July 1, 2009 to the Vagabond Lodge Motel LLC.
Plans for 2009 restructuring include a new laundry room, trailer plug-ins and 10
There are lots of car rental companies in Anaconda from larger companies like
Statewide Rent-A-Car, Budget and Hertz to smaller family owned businesses.
We recommend 'ENTERPRISE'; they have a well-maintained fleet of cars and jeeps
and they offer fast and friendly service. They provide a free pick up at your
hotel, free roadmaps and they have the most competitive rates in Anaconda. Rates
include third-party insurance, additional insurance is available at additional
costs. Minimum age is 25 years, a valid drivers license and credit card are
It is best to make arrangements at least a day in advance. For rates and
reservations please check with us at the front desk.
We have a convenient store across the street where you can get some supplies,
such as cereals, fruits, bread, cheese, eggs, milk, juices, soft drinks, beer,
wine, charcoal etc.
For those who want to do more serious grocery shopping the closest grocery store
is "Albertsons and CVS Pharmacy", both within walking distance from the
Vagabond. They're open from 7 am to 11 pm, 7 days a week.
Museums & Arts
•Anaconda Railway And Mining Museum. Phone 406-563-5045
Open 10 am-4 pm on Weekends.
•Copper Village Museum And Arts Center. Phone 406-563-2422
Open 10 am- 4 pm, from Tuesday to Saturday.