MINERAL COUNTY IN MONTANA

Mineral County is full of opportunity. The people are friendly and the climate is mild. Mineral County is located in the Northwest section of Montana and is bordered on the West by Idaho. There are several separate, but intertwined communities within the county: The West End (Haugan, Saltese, DeBorgia), St. Regis, Superior and Alberton. The county contains 1,223 square miles and a population of 4,146. The majority of the land surface is contained within the Lolo National Forest and located through a narrow valley separated by the Clark Fork and St. Regis Rivers. The Clark Fork River carries more water than any other river in Montana. The entire county is heavily forested with ponderosa pine (the state tree), lodge pole pine, fir, larch, white pine and cedar. The area is high in minerals and contains many unpatented mining claims.Mineral County became an independent county in 1914, with Superior as the County seat, and boasts a lively history before and since. It has hosted a gold rush, seen the building of two transcontinental railroads, experienced the trauma of the 1910 fire, and witnessed the destruction of several floods of the St. Regis and Clark Fork Rivers, as well as being the home to many Civilian Conservation Corps workers during the Great Depression. The historic John Mullan Road was built here in 1859-60 and the Yellowstone Trail in 1917. The Historical registry lists three county buildings: Savenac Nursery Compound (1907), DeBorgia Schoolhouse (1908), and Superior Schoolhouse.


Mineral County Table of Contents

COMMERCIAL SERVICES
COMMUNITY SERVICES
RECREATION FACILITIES
LOCATION
HOUSING
UTILITIES
EDUCATION FACILITIES
TAX STRUCTURE
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
INDUSTRIAL SITES/BUILDINGS
CLIMATE
POPULATION
LOCAL BUSINESS CHARACTERISTICS
LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS
LABOR
HEALTH FACILITIES

COMMERCIAL SERVICES

Type of newspapers: (2) Weekly
Radio station in community: No
Number of TV channels received without cable: 3
Cable antenna television services: Yes
Maximum number of cable channels received: 31
Number of churches: 17 (12 Protestant, 3 Catholic, 2 Other)
Number of hotels/motels available: 12
Total number of rooms available: 197
Total number of banks in county: 3
Number of S&L firms: None

Chamber of Commerce: Yes
Manager is full time: No

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COMMUNITY SERVICES

(all numbers are area code 406)

American Legion
Alberton Valley Assoc
visitor info & railroad museum)
City Halls: Alberton
                 Superior
Clark Fork Shriners / Masons
Emergency Assistance (county-wide)
Fire Departments: Alberton (Missoula)
                             Deborgia
                             St. Regis
                             Superior
Human Resource Development Council (HRDC)
Lions Club
Mineral Community Hospital and Nursing Home
Mineral County Chamber of Commerce

Mineral County Community
Action Team (MCCAT)
Mineral County Courthouse
Mineral County Family Services
Mineral County Help Line (toll free: 866-794-2100)
Mineral County Home Start
Mineral County Library
Mineral County Museum
Mineral County Office of Human Services
Mineral County Sheriffs Dept (non-emergency)
Montana Highway Patrol
MSU Extension Office
Post Offices: Alberton
                     St. Regis
                     Superior
Recovery Northwest
Senior Citizens Centers: Alberton
                                      St. Regis
                                      Superior
St. Regis Community Club
St. Regis Visitors Information Center
U.S. Forest Service: Superior District . . .
                               Savenac
                               Ninemile
WECAN (West End Community
Action Network)
WEDGo (Business & Economic
development)
Westem Montana Mental Health Center
Women in Timber

649-2455

722-3325 722-3372 822-4672
649-2455
911
911
678-4271
649-2411
822-4932
822-3548
822-4055
822-4841
822-4891

822-4344
822-3520
822-4809
822-4202
822-3333
822-3563
822-3329
822-4551
822-3555
543-7766
822-3545
722-4911
649-2731
822-4231
822-4421
722-3372
649-2421
822-3334
649-2727
649-2290
822-4233
678-4303
626-5201

678-4303

822-4344
822-4807
822-4540

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RECREATION FACILITIES

Type of facilities in city or within 10 miles:
public golf course, public parks, baseball fields, public tennis courts, public swim pools, boat ramps, public airport

Country club available: No
Nearest public access lake or river: 0.2 miles
Activities allowed: swimming fishing motor boating
Number of theaters: 1 Indoor
Number of Museums: 2
Buildings on Historic Registry: Savanac Nursery, DeBorgia School, Superior School

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LOCATION

Distance in highway miles from US cities to County Seat (Superior):

Chicago
Denver
Phoenix
Salt Lake City
Seattle
1600
970
1250
585
430
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Portland
St. Paul
Spokane
1260
1135
483
1224
140

Distance in highway miles from Canadian cities to County Seat (Superior):

Calgary
Edmonton
Regina
420
603
710
Saskatoon
Vancouver
Winnepeg
820
574
1075

HOUSING

(~1995 info)
No. of single units built in last year: 16
No. of multiple units built in last year: 0
Average monthly rental: $325 Apt: $275
Average cost of House: $65,000

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UTILITIES

ELECTRICITY

Supplier: Montana Power Company
kW Capacity: 11,250
kW Peak Demand: 8,000
Additional Source: upgradeable
Supplier: Missoula Electric Cooperative
kW Capacity: 1000 kW Peak Load: 1000

WATER

Town of Superior:

Water supplied by: Private
Name of supplier: Mountain Water Company
Source: Wells
No of wells: 3
Ave depth: 146 feet
Capacity of water plant: 1350 gal/min
Ave consumption: 380,000 gal/day
Peak consumption: 1,300,000/day
Storage capacity: 25,000 gallons
Hardness (ppm): 164
Treated: No
Temperature range: 32-50
Additional source: Flat Creek (300 gpm, est)

Town of Alberton:

Water supplied by: Municipal (Alberton)
Name of supplier: Town of Alberton
Source: Wells
Ave Depth: 350 feet
Capacity of water plant: 7300 gal/hour
Average consumption: 60,000 gal/day
Peak consumption: 90,000 gal/day
Storage capacity: 300,000 Gallons
Hardness (ppm): ca43.3 mg/1
Treated: No
Temperature range: Unknown

SANITATION

Town of Superior:

Type of sewage plant: Lagoon
Capacity: 1.2 Million gal/day
Present load: 69,000-75,000 gal/day

Town of Alberton:

Type of sewage plant: Lagoon
Capacity: 650,000 gal/day
Present load: 10,000-15,000 gal/day

Community of St. Regis:

Type of sewage plant: Lagoon with Agricultural Dispersion
Capacity: 240 Hookups
Present load: 160 Hookups

NATURAL GAS: Not Available

PROPANE: private (Amerigas, Cenex)

WASTE DISPOSAL: private (Felstet Disposal)

TELEPHONE & INTERNET: private (Clark Fork Telecommunications)

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EDUCATION FACILITIES

Note: 1995 data:
Mineral County is organized into three schools: Alberton, Superior, and St. Regis.   All of them are fully accredited through the State of Montana and contain an elementary (K-8) and high school (9-12) district.  Each district has its own superintendent and the county has a part-time superintendent of school with most duties being contracted with Missoula County Superintendent of Schools.  The county superintendent can be reached at 406-822-3534.  The county is also within close proximity to the University of Montana in Missoula that offers a wide range of education and training.

ALBERTON:

 EnrollTeach-Pupil Ratio
Elementary10712.5 : 1
Jr.High3612.5 : 1
Sr.High9212.5 : 1

Alberton School is a K-12 Class C School located in the heart of town.  It offers a traditional curriculum with a broad range of elective courses and extra-curricular activities, including many coeducational sports.  There is an up-to-date computer lab and library and a school to work program.  For more information about Alberton School District call Robert Mutch, Superintendent, 406722-3381.

ST. REGIS:

 EnrollTeach-Pupil Ratio
Elementary11113:1
Jr. High3713:1
Sr. High70 

St. Regis School boasts a brand new 17,700 square foot school which houses K-6, a newly renovated 35,000 square foot high school, and a new library.  They serve both breakfast and lunch and currently employ a staff of 20 (including full-time counselors and Title 1 teachers).  St. Regis offers full-time kindergarten, advanced technology and business programs, gifted and talented programs in all classes, college tract and school to work programs.  There's one computer for every two students!  Also offered is a full range of sports including: boys & girls basketball, football, wrestling, girls volleyball, boys & girls track, and boys & girls golf.  For more information about St. Regis School District contact Linda Carlson, Superintentent, 406-649-2427.

SUPERIOR:

 EnrollTeach-Pupil Ratio
Elementary24319:1
Jr. High9015:1
Sr. High14515:1

The largest school in Mineral County, approximately 478 students attend the Superior schools.  The elementary district is the charter member from Montana with the NW Accreditation service.  A new 34,000 square foot elementary school has recently opened which houses kindergarten through sixth grades.  Both districts have their own modem and up to date libraries and offer a wide range of extracurricular activities.   The high school offers a college tract program, vocational ed programs, plus an assortment of electives that include music, art, foreign language, advanced placement courses and school-to-work opportunities.  It annually rates with the states best in music, journalism, business vocational skills, math skills and wrestling.  For more information about Superior School District, call the Superintendents Office at 406-822-4851.

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TAX STRUCTURE

Note: 1995 data:
COUNTY OF MINERAL:

Actual valuation of County: $137,881,223

Bonded indebtedness:
General Obligation: $1,642,680(LEC)$2,300,000(School)

TOWN OF SUPERIOR:

Actual valuation of city: $20,318,153

Tax rate (per $100 of actual value):

City: 9.29479
County: 7.287
School: 21.331
Other: 5.674
Total: 42.484

TOWN OF ALBERTON:

Actual valuation of city: $5,380,708

Tax rate (per $100 of actual value):

City: 7.045
County: 7.287
School: 28.431
Other: 5.500
Total: 48.263

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MUNICIPAL SERVICES

Note: 1995 data:
MINERAL COUNTY:

Type of local government: 3-member county commission.  Comprehensive plan adopted in 1973, currently under revision.  No zoning in county with the exception of downtown Alberton and an area in Fish Creek. 
Number of law enforcement officers: 6
Public Library: County Library in Superior.

TOWN SUPERIOR:

Type of government: Mayor/Town Council with Charter
Comprehensive plan: No (under consideration)
Zoning in effect: No.
Volunteer fire department: ~28 members.
Fire insurance class: In City.
Number of law enforcement officers: 4
City Engineer: Consultant
Percent of city streets paved: 98%

TOWN OF ALBERTON:

Type of government: Mayor/Town Council
Comprehensive plan: Yes, adopted 1985
Zoning in effect: Yes.
Volunteer fire department: 32 members.
Fire insurance class: In City.
Number of law enforcement officers: 1
City Engineer: Consultant
Percent of city streets paved: 50%

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TRANSPORTATION SERVICES


MOTOR CARRIER

Highway bus service available: yes
Number highways serving City: Federal 2 State 1

Name of nearest Interstate: I-90
Distance to nearest interstate: 0 miles
Motor freight carriers serving community: Interstate carriers: Consolidated, Garret, UPS Intrastate carriers: Intercity Freight, UPS
Time in transit for carload or truckload lots to:

CityDays by
Railroad
Days by
Motor Freight
Chicago
Phoenix
Denver
Salt Lake City
Los Angeles
Minneapolis
Seattle
Portland
San Francisco
Spokane
7
10
5
6
10
6
5
5
8
2
3
2.5
2
1
2.5
2.5
1
1
2
1

 

AIR

Distance to nearest public airport: 0 miles
Elevation: 2800 feet
Type of runway: Hard surface
Length of longest runway: 3400 feet
Runway lighted: yes
Private aircraft storage available: yes
Private aircraft maintenance available: yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation: 60 miles
Names of airlines serving points:
Majors: American, Alaska, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Northwest, United
Commuters: Horizon

RAIL

Community served by railroad: yes
Distance to nearest loading point: 0 miles
Number of freight train trips per day: 8-10
Functional piggyback ramp available: no
Distance to nearest piggyback service: varies
Name of railroad: Montana Rail Link
Distance to nearest commercial train service: 130 miles

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INDUSTRIAL SITES/BUILDINGS

* A current inventory of these and other potential commercial and industrial sites is maintained at WEDGo, 406-822-4344.

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CLIMATE

Average daily temperatureMinMeanMax
January-92954
April254682
July4068100
October174579

Average annual precipitation: 16.46 inches
Average length of growing season 90-110 days

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POPULATION

ert
1980
1994
2000
2005
Alberton 368 402 374 422
St.Regis 591 651 315  
Superior 1054 961 893 910
County 3675 3633 3884 4014

Census 2000:

Subject Number
%
Total population
3,884
100.0
Male
2,000
51.5
Female
1,884
48.5
Under 5 years
194  
5 to 9 years
250  
10 to 14 years
296  
15 to 19 years
297  
20 to 24 years
155  
25 to 34 years
380  
35 to 44 years
604  
45 to 54 years
634  
55 to 59 years
277  
60 to 64 years
247  
65 to 74 years
335  
75 to 84 years
173  
85 years and over
42  
Median age (years)
41.1
 

Census 1995:

AGE:
18-24 180
25-44 991
45-54 393
55-64 350
Over 64 420
Median age 35.4

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LOCAL BUSINESS CHARACTERISTICS
Note: 1995 data:

Number of manufacturing
plants in community: 2 with unions: none
Major manufacturers or other large employers in community:

COMPANYYear # EmpUnion Products/                    Services
Mountain West Bark

 
Tricon Timber, Inc

Mineral Community Hospital and Nursing Home

Lincoln Development

 
Lincoln Silver $

 
Jasper

 
Westgate, Inc

 Independent Loggers

Federal, State, Local Government

1988 45


1990 115

 
1975 80

 
1972 65

 
1953 80

 
1953 35

 
1940 25

 ??

  •  100-150
NO         Bark
                Products

NO         Studs
               Post/Pole

NO        Medical                  Services

NO        Tourist                 Services

NO        Tourist                 Services

NO        Tourist                 Services

NO        Grocers/                 Hardware

NO        Timber                 Harvest

                Various

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LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS

Mineral County Chamber of Commerce
Box 483, Superior, MT 59872, (406) 822-4495

Mineral County Chamber
HOURS OPEN:
April: Friday 3-7 pm
May: Friday 4-8 pm
June: Friday 4-8 pm
July: Friday 4-8 pm
August: Friday 4-8 pm
September: Friday 4-8 pm
PHONE:
Office: 406-822-4891

LOCATION:
100 2nd Ave East
South end in historic old school on River St., Superior

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LABOR
Note: 1995 data:

Weekly wage rates (1995 statistics)

Job TitleAvg.
Retail Trade
Private
Local Government
Construction
Manufacturing
Trans.
Public Ut.
Finance, Insurance & R/E Services
$191
$ 257
$ 379
$ 245
$ 405
$ 236
$ 255

$ 195

Name of Community: MINERAL COUNTY
State Certified: Yes
Date Compiled: 2/29/96
County Labor Data (Sept 1995)

Labor Force: l569
Unemployed 198
Unemployed as % of Labor Force 12.6%
Total Employment 1371

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HEALTH FACILITIES

No. of hospitals in community: 1 No. beds: 10
Nursing homes in community: 1 No. beds: 20
Assisted living facilities in community 1
No. beds: 14

Clinic in community: yes
Medical personnel: 3 MDs, 1 DO, 1 DC, 2 MDDs, 19 EMTs
Nurses: Registered, LPN & aides

Mineral Community Hospital and Nursing Home is located in Superior.  Easily accessible from l-90, services include: orthopedic and general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, comprehensive physical respiratory therapy, registered dietician, and life flight.

Western Montana Mental Health Center was established in 1980.  It currently employs one full-time outpatient therapist, two full-time Children Case Managers, one part-time Chemical Dependency Counselor and one part-time receptionist.  The Center offers individual, family and group therapy for children with emotional problems and learning disabilities; adolescents; help for 1, parents; husbands and wives in conflict; adults recovering from childhood abuse; people with alcohol or drug related problems; individuals suffering from emotional stress and children’s' in-home case management.

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