Profile for Butte, Montana, MT
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Butte is in Silver Bow County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for a nearby peak
The latitude of Butte is 46.003N. The longitude is -112.533W.
It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 5,538 feet.
Butte is on the Continental Divide
Long a center for Anaconda Copper Mining Company, which began operations here in 1882. The local smelter closed in 1980 and the mine shut down three years later
Filming location for:
· 1985 movie, "Runaway Train"
Well-known residents have included:
· Evel Knievel, daredevil
Local festivals include:
- Evel Knievel Days - July 26-28, 2007
- Mining Heritage Day - Sept. 9, 2007
- Lunar New Year Parade - Feb. 24, 2007
- North American Indian Alliance Pow Wow - Sept. 14-15, 2007
- Butte-Silver Bow County Fair - Aug. 1-2, 2007
- An Ri Ra Montana Irish Festival - Aug. 10-12, 2007
Dates often change. Check Butte web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Butte Symphony
Nearby parks & recreation:
Deerlodge National Forest
Historic sites and museums: World Museum of Mining, Crazy Mountain Museum, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology Mineral Museum
Colleges and universities:
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Butte is a sooty memorial to personal heroism, to courage and vigor even in rascality; and it is a monument to a wasted land.
-- Montana: High, Wide, and Handsome
Joseph Kinsey Howard
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Butte festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Mining Heritage Day - S
- Butte-Silver Bow County Fair - A
- Lunar New Year Parade - F
- An Ri Ra Montana Irish Festival - A
- North American Indian Alliance Pow Wow - S
- Evel Knievel Days - J
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Historic districts in Butte include Butte Historic District ... View historic districts
Libraries in Butte include Butte-Silver Bow Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Butte include Montana Standard
Silver Bow County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Butte political report.
A total of 3 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Butte between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
Hotels in Butte include Best Western, Butte-Days Inn, Comfort Inn Butte, Copper King Lodge, Holiday Inn Express Parkside, Motel 6 Butte, Red Lion Hotel Butte Mt, Super 8, Toad Hall Manor B&B.
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“ Butte is a sooty memorial to personal heroism, to courage and vigor even in rascality; and it is a monument to a wasted land. ”
~ Montana: High, Wide, and Handsome
Joseph Kinsey Howard
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