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 / Hwy 46 / Hwy 362
Website Official Website
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Pilot Butte is a town located 11 km (6.8 mi) east of Regina, Saskatchewan between Highway 46 and the Trans-Canada Highway. Pilot Butte, meaning "Lookout Point", was chosen in 1883 as the name for the settlement.

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]

Geography[edit]

Climate[edit]

Sports[edit]

Infrastructure[edit]

Pilot Butte has a school (grades Pre-K to 8), public library, insurance office, two convenience stores, two restaurants, three manufacturing plants, a riding club, hockey arena, gas station, Pilot Butte Airport, community centre and a Roman Catholic Church.

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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