Whitehall is nestled in the Jefferson Valley in the shadows of the Tobacco Root and Highland Mountain ranges and is home to the acclaimed Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Murals. More than a dozen stunning large murals depicting scenes of the Lewis & Clark Expedition as they traversed what later became the Jefferson Valley adorn contemporary and historic Whitehall Buildings.
The Jefferson Valley Museum (located near the rodeo grounds on the south part of town) has historic artifacts inside and outside starting with Whitehall's birth in the 1890s. The museum documents the town's close historical ties with railroads, mining, and agriculture, and contains several examples of actual garments worn in days gone by.
Golden Sunlight Mine, the largest open-pit hard rock mine in Montana, can be viewed north of town (tours of the mine are available), and the beautiful Jefferson River-containing large trout and marvelous views-runs south and west of Whitehall with several easy access points.
The Tobacco Root Mountains cover the eastern horizon from Whitehall, and the mountains offer miles of hiking trails and camping areas, plus plenty of high mountain lakes containing most of Montana's trout species. To the west is Delmoe Lake, located near Homestake Pass between Whitehall and Butte. The Delmoe Lake area offers camping, fishing, hiking, four-wheeling trails, and in the winter, snowmobile trails. To the east lays Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, one of the most popular state parks in Montana. The park features an underground cavern tour showcasing some of the most unique geology found anywhere.
Whitehall's big celebration is the rip roaring' Frontier Days, held the fourth weekend of July. The event includes rodeo action, a parade, street dances, vendors in the parks, a Hot Rod car show, and lots, lots more.
What Makes Whitehall Unique?
The location! Our community sits in the heart of the Deerlodge National Forest. Whitehall is 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 surround the valley, which is excellent for big game hunting.
The Northern Pacific and Montana Railroad purchased 45 acres for $777 from Edward G. Brooke on September 25, 1889, to create the first and original depot in Whitehall. E.G. Brooke requested that the depot be named Whitehall inspired by a similar town he stayed in Illinois while making his way westward. It was on September 3, 1890, that the Jefferson County Commissioners accepted and filed the Townsite of Whitehall. At this time 143.2 acres were purchased for $3000.00 and the lots of the new Town of Whitehall were sold off.
Contact The Jefferson Valley Museum for more information on Whitehall's history.
At a Glance
Town Population: 1077
Surrounding Area Population: 1500
Annual Rainfall: 12-13 inches
Growing Season: 110 days
Elevation: 4351 feet
Churches: All major denominations
Airport: Jefco Skypark (Private)
Services: High school, middle school, elementary school, public library, a medical clinic with three doctors and two dentists, physical therapy clinic, massage by private providers, brain injury survivor facilities, senior citizen center, senior assisted living facility, and much more.
Additional Info on Whitehall
Frequently Asked Questions
When is Whitehall's Frontier Days?
Whitehall's Frontier Days and Rancher's Roundup is always held the fourth weekend in July.
Is senior housing available?
The town of Whitehall does not have an established senior housing district. However, Whitehall is home to the Meadowlark Manor assisted living facility. Whitehall is very proud of its successful and active Whitehall Senior Citizens Center, located on Division Street.
What kinds of health care are available?
Whitehall boasts the Whitehall Medical building, which is home to Dr. Gayle Sacry, Dr. Terry Reiff, and Dr. Steven Sacry. In the same building, Sacry Dental is located, which is the dentistry office of Dennis Sacry, DDS.
The nearest hospital is St. James Healthcare in Butte, which is approximately 20 minutes away to the west on I-90. Whitehall also has a wonderful volunteer ambulance service that is highly qualified and dedicated to its services.
What is the population of Whitehall?
The town of Whitehall's population is not just found within the city limits. Currently, about 1200 individuals live in the town limits, but several hundred more live in the outskirts of the Whitehall limits on various ranching and farming establishments, bringing the grand total population closer to 3000.