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Alberton, Montana
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Location of Alberton, Montana
Location of Alberton, Montana
Country United States
State Montana
County Mineral
Government
 • Type Mayor-council government
Area
 • Total 0.57 sq mi (1.49 km2)
 • Land 0.55 sq mi (1.42 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
Elevation
3,054 ft (931 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 452
 • Density 821.82/sq mi (318.31/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
59820
Area code(s) 406
FIPS code 30-00700
GNIS feature ID 0801984

Alberton is a town in Mineral County, Montana, United States. The population was 452 at the 2020 census. Alberton was the location of a major chlorine chemical release in 1996. Alberton is the home of Northwest Indian Bible School, a Bible-training institution founded and operated by the Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection (Original Allegheny Conference).

History

The town celebrates its railroad heritage each year with "Alberton's Railroad Day", held the third Saturday in July. July 18, 2015 marked the 30th anniversary of this community event. There is a home-town parade, petting zoo, railroad car tour, wool spinning circle, western melodrama, family games like Hunt for the Golden Spike and music from local artists. Vendors showcase their artistic talents using local rocks, minerals, and other wildcrafting materials. Educational activities are sponsored by the Alberton Community Foundation).

On April 11, 1996, a Montana Rail Link train carrying chlorine derailed near Alberton. Three hundred fifty people were injured by chlorine inhalation. One thousand people were evacuated from Alberton and from Frenchtown. Interstate 90 was shut down for nineteen days. The incident has been described as "the largest chemical spill from a train in United States history."

Geography

Natural Pier Bridge (2013)
Natural Pier Bridge near Alberton

Alberton is located at 47°0′13″N 114°28′41″W / 47.00361°N 114.47806°W / 47.00361; -114.47806 (47.003546, -114.477977).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.60 square miles (1.55 km2), of which, 0.57 square miles (1.48 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.

Climate

Alberton has a cool-summer humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb).

Climate data for Alberton (1958-2012)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 57
(14)
60
(16)
80
(27)
87
(31)
93
(34)
100
(38)
105
(41)
105
(41)
98
(37)
87
(31)
71
(22)
58
(14)
105
(41)
Average high °F (°C) 32.9
(0.5)
40.1
(4.5)
48.6
(9.2)
58
(14)
67.4
(19.7)
75.3
(24.1)
86.8
(30.4)
85.4
(29.7)
73.5
(23.1)
58.2
(14.6)
42.5
(5.8)
33.3
(0.7)
58.5
(14.7)
Average low °F (°C) 17.6
(−8.0)
21.7
(−5.7)
25.3
(−3.7)
31
(−1)
37.9
(3.3)
45
(7)
48.9
(9.4)
47.6
(8.7)
40.2
(4.6)
32.1
(0.1)
25.3
(−3.7)
19.5
(−6.9)
32.7
(0.4)
Record low °F (°C) −28
(−33)
−20
(−29)
−7
(−22)
12
(−11)
21
(−6)
29
(−2)
31
(−1)
32
(0)
21
(−6)
1
(−17)
−12
(−24)
−29
(−34)
−29
(−34)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.99
(51)
1.29
(33)
1.56
(40)
1.6
(41)
1.9
(48)
2.27
(58)
0.78
(20)
1.03
(26)
1.29
(33)
1.58
(40)
1.77
(45)
1.46
(37)
18.52
(470)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 12.5
(32)
7.8
(20)
7.1
(18)
1.1
(2.8)
0.1
(0.25)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.1
(0.25)
0.4
(1.0)
5.6
(14)
7.9
(20)
42.6
(108)
Average precipitation days 14 10 13 12 12 12 5 6 8 10 12 13 127
Source: WRCC

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 276
1940 283 2.5%
1950 326 15.2%
1960 356 9.2%
1970 363 2.0%
1980 368 1.4%
1990 354 −3.8%
2000 374 5.6%
2010 420 12.3%
2020 452 7.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 420 people, 190 households, and 113 families residing in the town. The population density was 736.8 inhabitants per square mile (284.5/km2). There were 202 housing units at an average density of 354.4 per square mile (136.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.0% White, 1.0% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.2% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.

There were 190 households, of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.5% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.81.

The median age in the town was 43.3 years. 19% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.8% were from 25 to 44; 30.1% were from 45 to 64; and 17.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 53.1% male and 46.9% female.

School

Alberton School began as a wooden, one room school house in the early 1900s. In 1916 there was a fire that burned down the original school. In 1920 a new brick building was built, this later became the elementary school building. The brick building is part of the National Register of Historical Places. The current high school building is only 50 ft from the elementary building and is roughly octagonal in shape. Both buildings have two stories and are connected by an underground tunnel. The school's mascot is the Panthers and they have football, volleyball, boys and girls basketball and track and field on campus. The school also participates in wrestling, tennis and golf as part of cooperatives with other schools in the area. The school transferred from 8 man to 6 man football in 2010.

Education

Natural Pier Bridge (2013)
Natural Pier Bridge near Alberton

Alberton School began as a wooden, one room school house in the early 1900s. In 1916, a fire burned down the original school. In 1920, a new brick building was built; this later became the elementary school building. The brick building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The current high school building is 50 feet from the elementary building and is roughly octagonal in shape. Both buildings have two stories and are connected by a tunnel. The school's mascot is the Panthers and they have football, volleyball, boys and girls basketball and track and field on campus. The school also participates in wrestling, tennis and golf as part of cooperatives with other schools in the area. The school transferred from eight-man to six-man football in 2010.

A branch of the Mineral County Public Library is in Alberton.

See also

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