Butte is an old mining boomtown with a colorful and diverse history in a beautiful Rocky Mountain setting. Generational families make up the backbone of the community, many with lineage to the height of copper extraction a century ago.
The enormous mines are within the residential limits of Butte, making unique, sensational views a daily ritual. Residents enjoy nearly limitless outdoor recreational opportunities in southwestern Montana, including camping, hiking, skiing, hunting and fishing.
Butte has become known as the Festival City. It hosts the Montana Folk Festival, Evel Knievel Days, St. Patrick’s Day and the An Ri Ra Irish Festival, which all draw crowds from around the world. Filmmakers come to Butte for its historic architecture and beautiful landscapes; it has been the backdrop for many movie sets and documentaries. The incomparable architecture is a monument to the many different types of immigrants that a mining boomtown attracts.
Founded in 1953 by industry pioneer Ed Craney, KXLF’s first home was above a grocery store. After the store was damaged in a burglary, the station moved to its current home in the old Milwaukee Railroad Depot on Montana Street.
The depot is a century old and features a 95-foot clock tower, original marble walls and terrazzo floors. KXLF is the technical operations center for all of the Montana Television Network stations.
KXLF employees are actively involved in the community; many serve on local nonprofit boards. The station supports numerous local organizations, including Special Olympics, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Community Food Bank and Montana Tech Foundation. Every year, on Mother’s Day weekend, KXLF hosts a trade show called Mayfair. About 8,000 people attend the event, which brings about 80 local and regional businesses together with the community.