Butte, Montana

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Butte is a city located in the southwestern region of the present-day U.S. state of Montana.  Prior to meddling by those of European descent, this area (specifically the ancient Silver Bow Creek) had been inhabited by the Salish peoples, who used it as a hunting and fishing ground.  In fact, the Salish called the creek “Sin-tahp-kay-Sntapqey,” which translates to ‘Place Where Something is Shot in the Head.’  As for Butte, Montana itself, it was first established in 1864, when William L. Farlin first founded the Asteroid Mine, which came to be known as Travona.  Many miners from all over the world flocked to the area.

Today, however, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Butte, Montana has a total population of 33,853 people in total.  This makes it the fifth most populous city in the entire state of Montana.

Historically, of course, Butte, Montana’s economy has been heavily dominated by mining.  Not only its economy, of course, but also its demographics, culture, and history.  Indeed, due to mining, Butte, Montana became the site for the labor riot of 1914 and the 1917 Speculator Mine disaster, which – to this day, is still “the largest hard rock mining disaster in world history.”  Butte, Montana is also home to the notorious Berkeley Pit.

Butte, Montana isn’t all bad history and mining disasters, though.  In fact, the city’s economy has revolutionized since the turn of the millennium, and is now known (at least economically) for its new-found devotion to energy companies headquartered in the area.  Energy companies headquartered in the Butte, Montana area include Renewable Energy Corporation and NorthWestern Energy.  Additionally, Butte, Montana has also come to be known for its top of the line medical and other healthcare facilities.

Indeed, back in 2012, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Butte, Montana as “one of only twelve towns in America to be named a Distinctive Destination.”  One of the major historic sites in the city is Copper King Mansion, which was built in the years between 1884 and 1888 for magnate William A. Clark.  The Copper King Mansion, or the W.A. Clark Mansion, as it is otherwise known, is now listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  This mansion was built in the late 19th and 20th century revival and modern Elizabethan styles of architecture.

Butte, Montana is also home to Montana Tech of the University of Montana.  This university, which was founded in 1900 as the Montana State School of Mines, has nearly 2,700 students enrolled into its various programs as of Fall semester 2017, with a $32.9 million endowment.

Currently, Butte, Montana is home to only one professional sporting franchise of note.  Pioneer Baseball League’s Butte Copper Kings, now known as the Grand Junction Rockies, currently play their home games at Suplizio Field.  They are currently an affiliate of MLB’s Colorado Rockies.  The Grand Junction Rockies have one glorious league title to their name – though, of course, they were known as the Butte Copper Kings at the time they achieved this coveted title.

Do you happen to be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Butte, Montana area?  Have you ever considered starting up such an exhilarating endeavor?  If so – you need look no further!  Below, we have provided prospective small business entrepreneurs with a cornucopia of small business resources to help them (well, you) get a head start when it comes to achieving their entrepreneurial endeavors:

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