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Whitehall, Montana
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Location of Whitehall, Montana
Location of Whitehall, Montana
Country United States
State Montana
County Jefferson
Area
 • Total 0.70 sq mi (1.83 km2)
 • Land 0.70 sq mi (1.83 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
4,360 ft (1,329 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,006
 • Density 1,437.14/sq mi (549.73/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
59759
Area code(s) 406 Exchange: 287
FIPS code 30-79900
GNIS feature ID 0793224

Whitehall is a town in Jefferson County, Montana, United States. The population was 1,006 at the 2020 census. It is part of the Helena Micropolitan Statistical Area.

The town is nestled in the Jefferson Valley, which is shadowed by the Tobacco Root and Highland Mountain ranges and sits in the heart of the Deerlodge National Forest. It is also within 23–60 miles of three major airports, four colleges, five ski resorts, seven major rivers, mountain lakes for fishing and backpacking, four lakes for boating, and three hot springs. There are numerous snowmobiling trails for winter riding and summer trail rides. The mountain ranges surrounding the valley, provide excellent opportunity for hunting big game.

Whitehall's local attractions include Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park, Jefferson River, Ringing Rocks, and the Jefferson Valley Museum.

History

Whitehall began as a rail depot created by the Northern Pacific and Montana Railroad on September 25, 1889. The name for the depot came from E.G. Brooke, who was inspired by a similar town he stayed in Illinois while making his way westward. On September 3, 1890, the Jefferson County Commissioners accepted and filed the Townsite of Whitehall.

Geography

Whitehall is located at 45°52′13″N 112°5′54″W / 45.87028°N 112.09833°W / 45.87028; -112.09833 (45.870238, -112.098464).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.67 square miles (1.74 km2), all of it land.

Whitehall Montana looking SW.

Climate

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Whitehall has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.

Climate data for Whitehall, Montana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 32.2
(0.1)
37.4
(3.0)
43.2
(6.2)
56.5
(13.6)
65.4
(18.6)
71.5
(21.9)
84.1
(28.9)
83.2
(28.4)
71.4
(21.9)
60.1
(15.6)
44.1
(6.7)
37.2
(2.9)
57.2
(14.0)
Daily mean °F (°C) 20.9
(−6.2)
25.9
(−3.4)
31.3
(−0.4)
43
(6)
51.5
(10.8)
57.6
(14.2)
66.7
(19.3)
65.4
(18.6)
55.4
(13.0)
45.8
(7.7)
32.8
(0.4)
26.6
(−3.0)
43.6
(6.4)
Average low °F (°C) 9.6
(−12.4)
14.5
(−9.7)
19.4
(−7.0)
29.5
(−1.4)
37.7
(3.2)
43.8
(6.6)
49.3
(9.6)
47.5
(8.6)
39.5
(4.2)
31.4
(−0.3)
21.4
(−5.9)
16
(−9)
29.9
(−1.2)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.3
(7.6)
0.2
(5.1)
0.5
(13)
0.8
(20)
1.8
(46)
2
(51)
0.9
(23)
0.8
(20)
1.1
(28)
0.5
(13)
0.2
(5.1)
0.3
(7.6)
9.5
(240)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 4.5
(11)
4.2
(11)
5.4
(14)
2.8
(7.1)
0.7
(1.8)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.7
(1.8)
1.5
(3.8)
2.3
(5.8)
4.5
(11)
26.6
(68)
Source: Weatherbase

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 417
1920 629 50.8%
1930 553 −12.1%
1940 818 47.9%
1950 928 13.4%
1960 898 −3.2%
1970 1,035 15.3%
1980 1,030 −0.5%
1990 1,067 3.6%
2000 1,044 −2.2%
2010 1,038 −0.6%
2020 1,006 −3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,038 people, 473 households, and 283 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,549.3 inhabitants per square mile (598.2/km2). There were 538 housing units at an average density of 803.0 per square mile (310.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 94.0% White, 0.2% African American, 1.7% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 473 households, of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.2% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.84.

The median age in the town was 45.7 years. 23% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.6% were from 25 to 44; 33% were from 45 to 64; and 17.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 51.9% male and 48.1% female.

Education

Public education in the town of Whitehall is provided by Whitehall School District. The district includes Whitehall Elementary School (grades K-6), Whitehall Middle School (grades 7-8), and Whitehall High School (grades 9-12). They are a Class B school (108-306 students) which helps determine athletic competitions..

Whitehall's mascot is the Trojans, with school colors of purple and gold.

Whitehall Community Library is a public library which serves the town.

Notable people

  • Sam Adams (1963– ), former mayor of Portland, Oregon.
  • Chet Huntley (1911–1974), broadcaster, graduated from Whitehall High School.
  • Rob "Robbie" Johnson (b. 1983), Major League Baseball player, played Little League in Whitehall.
  • Bill Pullman (b. 1953), actor, has a ranch near town and lives there part-time.

See also

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