Square Butte Montana

Square Butte

This community owes its establishment to the Milwaukee Railroad, which came through in 1913, and brought along with it a post office. A rural independent station at Fort Benton later replaced the post office. Located at the base of the butte, the town is fed by a big spring. The butte itself can be seen from seventy-five miles away in almost any direction and was oftentimes used in Charles Russell’s paintings. The top of the butte boasts some 650 acres. A peak population of one hundred was reached in Square Butte during World War I. At that point, there was a livery stable, lumberyard, department store, drugstore, bank, candy, and ice cream store. In 1918, the local blacksmith switched to car repair services, and in 1922, Trixie’s “Girlie House” burned down. It was never replaced.

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