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Property Name Square Butte School
Reference Number 13000496
State Montana
County Chauteau
Town Square Butte
Street Address NW corner of Diederick St. and Broadway
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/15/2013
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The Square Butte School is eligible for listing in the National Register at a local level of significance under criteria A and C. Under Criterion A, the significance of the building lies with its original intended purpose. Its construction reflected a period of optimism fueled by a growing population, the result of the arrival of the Milwaukee Railroad, the agricultural productivity of the area, and the success of nearby mines necessitating larger and better educational facilities. Incredibly, the present Shanley designed Square Butte School replaced another brand new brick school that had burned only a year earlier, the result of arson. Despite the loss of the recently constructed earlier school, the residents of Square Butte approved the construction of another new brick school to replace the older school to provide their children with a sound education.


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