in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough
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Geography and Climate
- Butte is located south of Palmer in the Mat-Su Borough, between mile 9 and mile 16 of the Old Glenn Highway. It lies at the foot of Bodenberg Butte, east of a Matanuska River, 42 miles north of Anchorage.
- Temperatures in January range from -35 to 33 °F. Temperatures in July range from 42 to 85 °F. Average annual precipitation is 16.5 inches, and average annual snowfall is 43 inches.
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History and Culture
- Athabascan Dena'ina Natives traveled through the Butte area on a winter trail from Eklutna up the Knik River to the Copper River. A large Dena'ina village called Hutnaynut'l, or "burnt over," existed in the Bodenburg area. The first farm was homesteaded in 1917 by John Bodenburg. In 1935, 25 tracts were settled in the Butte area by the Matanuska Colonists, around "Camp 10" along Bodenburg Loop Road. More land was settled after World War II. Several saw mills operated between 1940 and 1970. Low housing costs, the semi-rural lifestyle, and a reasonable commute to Anchorage have supported growth in the Mat-Su Valley.
- 'The Butte' is a large suburban settlement. Students are bused to Palmer for middle and high school.
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Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Butte lies along the Old Glenn Highway. A public airstrip, owned and operated by the Butte Airman's Association, is available. The railroad and other means of transportation are also accessible in Palmer and Anchorage.
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