Pilot Butte, Saskatchewan

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Pilot Butte
Town
Park on Pilot Butte Creek
Park on Pilot Butte Creek
Motto: The Town That Cares
Pilot Butte is located in Saskatchewan
Pilot Butte
Pilot Butte
Location of Pilot Butte in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 50°28′N 104°25′W / 50.467°N 104.417°W / 50.467; -104.417Coordinates: 50°28′N 104°25′W / 50.467°N 104.417°W / 50.467; -104.417
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Settled 1882
Incorporated (village) 1913
Incorporated (town) 1979
Government
 • Mayor Nat Ross
 • Town Manager Laurie Rudolph
 • Governing body Pilot Butte Town Council
 • MLA Regina Wascana Plains Christine Tell
 • MP Regina-Qu'Appelle Andrew Scheer
Area
 • Total 5.05 km2 (1.95 sq mi)
Elevation 610 m (2,000 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,848
 • Density 370/km2 (950/sq mi)
Time zone Saskatchewan (ST) (UTC-6)
Postal code S0G 3Z0
Area code(s) 306
Highways Hwy 1 (TCH) / Hwy 46 / Hwy 362
Website Official Website
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Pilot Butte is a town of 2000 located 11 km (6.8 mi) east of Regina, Saskatchewan between Highway 46 and the Trans-Canada Highway. The town is the 15th most populated town in the province, and the 31st largest community, the town is a neighbour to White City and Balgonie. Pilot Butte is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Edenwold No. 158 Pilot Butte, meaning "Lookout Point", was chosen in 1883 as the name for the settlement. Pilot Butte is a residential community for Regina, appealing to those who prefer a more rural lifestyle. This upward trend in population bucks the general Saskatchewan trend of depopulation of rural areas. A violent storm hit the area on 26 August 1995, damaging most homes in the community. Pilot Butte now has reached a population over 2000 in the summer of 2013. Pilot Butte has a school (grades Pre-K to 8), public library, insurance office, two convenience stores, a cemetery, a future Subway (restaurant) location, a local café, three manufacturing plants, a riding club, four baseball diamonds, a outdoor hockey rink, a post office, a Domo Gasoline station, hockey arena, gas station, Pilot Butte Airport, a future Rexall Pharmacy community centre and a Roman Catholic Church. It is also home to worldwide steel producing company called Dutch Industries.

History[edit]

The history of Pilot Butte is marked by dramatic growth followed by decline and now by growth.[4] Except for one or two houses on Railway Avenue, the most notable being the "Martin House", there are very few physical reminders of Pilot Butte's early development. Most of the original structures, one of the most prominent being the old Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) water tower, have either been dismantled or destroyed.

The Butte played a significant role in the lives of the Prairie Indians. Aboriginal people, who camped near Boggy Creek, used the Butte as a lookout and signal point.[4]

European settlement in the area can be traced back to the 1840s. The railway reached Pilot Butte in 1882. Because of its location on the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway significant settlement took place between 1880 and 1900. Sand and gravel deposits nearby were used during the construction of the railway. By 1913 Pilot Butte was a sizeable town. It flourished as it offered the Canadian Pacific Railway a reliable year round water source and at one point, the CPR built a water conduit to Regina. Two brick plants were located in the area and for a time employed 800 people but they closed after the First World War.[4]

Between 1913-23, with a population of about a 1,000, Pilot Butte thrived. The town boasted a railway station, 3 grain elevators, a stockyard, hotel and boarding houses. It had a pool hall, bowling alley, general store, butcher and blacksmith shops, 2 churches, 2 schools (nearby) and 2 section houses. Incorporated as a village in 1913 the Village of Pilot Butte was disbanded in 1923. Reincorporated in 1963, it achieved town status in 1979.[4] Pilot Butte now has reached a population over 2000 in the summer of 2013.

Demographics[edit]

2011[edit]

According to the 2011 Canadian Census, the population of Pilot Butte is 1,848, a 1.3% decrease from 2006, but the population is now over 2,000. The population density is 365.6 people per square km. The median age is 36.4 years old (34.8 for women and 37.9 for men), which is lower than the median age of Canada at 40.6 years old.

Most residents in Pilot Butte speak English (99.0%), and a small number speak French (0.4%). 0.6% of the population's mother tongue was something other than English or French; German (0.2%), Tagalog (0.1%), Polish (0.1%) and Ukrainian (0.2%). There are 624 dwellings with an occupancy rate of 99.6%.

Neighbourhoods[edit]

Residential neighbourhoods include the older, farther south part of town along the railroad - established in 1882 - that contains some older houses, the most notable being the "Martin House". Immediately north of that is the main part of town, where the gas station and many other services are. To the east is Inland park, where the baseball diamonds and Butte Hill is. In the north part of the town is the subdivision called The Plains of Pilot Butte, farther west, around the lake is the neighbourhoods of Discovery Ridge and Crescent Park. On the west half of town is Hillside Park and Willow Ridge, where the new café and car wash are located. Around of the town, outside of the borders but still nearby are the developments of Crawford Estates, Crawford Developments, Rock Pointe Estates, Stone Pointe Estates and Spruce Creek Estates.

Climate[edit]

Pilot Butte experiences a dry continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb, USDA Plant Hardiness Zone with warm summers and cold, dry winters, prone to extremes at all times of the year. Average annual precipitation is 388 mm (15.28 in) and is heaviest from June through August, with June being the wettest month with an average of 75 mm (2.95 in) of precipitation. The average daily temperature for the year is 2.8 °C (37.0 °F). The lowest temperature ever recorded was −50.0 °C (−58.0 °F) on 1 January 1885, while the highest recorded temperature was 43.3 °C (109.9 °F) on 5 July 1937.

Sports[edit]

Education[edit]

The town is home to the Pilot Butte School. The Pre-K to Grade 8 school is part of the Prairie Valley School Division 208.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  2. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  3. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  4. ^ a b c d The Canadian Encyclopedia. "Pilot Butte". Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  5. ^ "Environment Canada". Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Prairie Valley School Division (Schools)". Retrieved 2013-11-26. 

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