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Gold Butte (Middle Butte, Sweet Grass Hills)  Montana   #23803 (ID47)
Ranges: North America Ranges / Great Plains Ranges

Height: 1985 m -> 6512 feet
Prominence?: 715 m  
Line Parent?: Mount Brown (17.5 km away, at bearing 80 degrees)
Greater Parent ?: Mount Brown (17.0 km away)

Location:   48.84833,-111.37556     48:50:54, -111:22:32   12U 472448 5410664 (46 km E of Coutts).   AreaCode?: EL81/ID47
This peak is #82 in Prominence List for Montana .Located SE of the town of Milk River and southeast of the World Heritage Site of Writing-on-Stone Provicial Park. The old mining town of Gold Butte is located near the base of the mountain on its north-north west side and was the site of one of the many placer mines during the gold boom. This area is regarded as Sacred Land by the Blackfeet First Nations and before exposure to explorers they lived in the area extensively. In fact, many people were sent on spiritual trips to the nearby Writing-on-Stone area by themselves for days or more to get in touch with the spirits. The Milk River and the now named Writing-on-Stone area lie directly north of the Sweetgrass Hills. While there they would be alone and essentially try to contact the spirits and prove their worthiness, while at the same time filling the sandstone hoodoos with numerous rock carvings, the most famous of a battle between First Nations Tribes. This area is now a provincial park and World Heritage Site, and no doubt they went there due to its geological make up of hoodoos, gullies, and small canyons and the fact if was overlooked by the Sweetgrass Hills with West Butte directly above, and Gold Visible just to the east.

Name Notes: Named after the mining camp that formed near the deposits on Middle Butte which is what is was known as before adopting the name of Gold Butte. The First Nations no doubt had their own name for it but it is not documented in sources available.

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8 Gold Butte Kevin Altheim