|UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Silver Bow County|
Butte is the county seat of Silver Bow County, Montana. In 1977, the city and county governments consolidated to form the sole entity of The City and County of Butte-Silver Bow. As of the 2000 census, Butte has a population of 33,892.
Butte has been a mining town since its creation in the late 19th century, and at first only gold and silver were mined in the area. However, the advent of electricity caused a soaring demand for copper, which was abundant in the area. The small town soon became one of the most prosperous cities in the country, especially during World War I, and was often called "the Richest Hill on Earth". It is estimated that a third of all copper produced in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries came from Butte.
Today, Butte's population is about a third of its peak in 1917. Over a dozen of the headframes still stand over the mine shafts, and the city still contains thousands of old commercial and residential buildings from the boom times. Mining remains a major e mployer for the city, but at greatly reduced levels from the past, with just one mine, Montana Resources' Continental Pit, in operation and employing about 350 people. Many areas of the city, especially the areas near the old mines, show signs of wear from time but a recent influx of investors and an aggressive campaign to remedy blight has led to a renewed interest in restoring property in Uptown Butte's historic district, which was expanded in 2006 to include parts of Anaconda and is now the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States with nearly 6,000 contributing properties.
[Text adapted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butte,_Montana]
The famous stuntman Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel, Jr., was born in Butte in 1938.
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