Author: George Everett
by George Everett
Butte is unique among Montana cities—some say it is unique among cities anywhere—and now there is a book that proves it. Butte Trivia by longtime Butte resident George Everett is packed with 720 eye-opening questions and answers about the state’s most raucous and rollicking town. From Butte’s wide-open years to modern times, this book mines Butte’s richest veins of astounding facts and figures. Of course, Butte claims many Montana superlatives, including the state’s first millionaire, most expensive road, and deepest lake, and Butte may be the only city on the planet to boast ringing rocks, flying cowboys, and a memorial marker for a moose.
About the Author
George Everett is a writer and photographer who lives in Butte, Montana. He has written more than 100 articles, many illustrated with his own photography for a variety of regional and national publications. Most of his writing has focused on art, business, travel, and history topics in Southwest Montana for magazines and newspapers including Horizon Air, American History, American Heritage, Conde Nast Traveler, Great Falls Tribune, Highlights for Children, The World of Hibernia, Historic Traveler, Irish America, Montana Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post and The Seattle Times.
In 1995, Everett published Champagne in a Tin Cup, a magazine story that grew into a book for visitors that was widely embraced by long-time residents of Butte.
Everett has been a small business owner for the past decade, operating a small consulting firm that provides Internet and editorial business assistance to businesses primarily in Butte, but also in Anaconda, Dillon, Missoula, Philipsburg, and Bozeman. For example, he maintains the city of Anaconda’s portal web site www.anacondamt.org.
One of his accomplishments that he is most proud of is his retail business portal site ButteAmerica.com to showcase Butte’s retail sector to a broader trade area. His writing about a variety of topics can be found on butteamerica.com and its companion online magazine, Only in Butte ( butteamerica.com/oib.htm).
Everett has served as the Vice President of the Butte Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and has worked in tourism-related efforts to promote Butte’s attractions on the boards of the Mai Wah Society and the World Museum of Mining. For the Mai Wah Society, Everett worked on their permanent museum interpretive exhibit and with the government of Taiwan through its consular office in Seattle to donate a ceremonial parade dragon to Montana to reside in Butte for use in parades and festivals.
Since October, 2002, Everett has been responsible for the Mainstreet Uptown Butte program as its Executive Director. This four-point approach incorporates design, promotion, organization and economic restructuring to rejuvenate Butte’s Historic Uptown business district to make it a cleaner, greener, and livelier place to work and play. In this role he is most content with his part in coordinating efforts to light up seven historic headframes, put 12x18 flags on each and to plant more than 350 trees in the last three years with strong community support for all of these projects.
Everett has been a Butte native since 1983 and lives in an old house on the Hill with his wife Barbara and son Benjamin (two daughters Emily and Olivia have both gotten big enough to leave the building). The house was once referred to by the Chippewa-Cree who lived on the Big Butte nearby as "The Bikky House," because the owner's wife made the best biscuits on the Butte Hill and shared them with anyone who came to the door.
Butte is unique among Montana cities—some say it is unique among cities anywhere—and now there is a book that proves it.
“Butte Trivia” by longtime Butte resident George Everett is packed with 720 eye-opening questions and answers about the state’s most raucous and rollicking town. From Butte’s wide-open years to modern times, this book mines Butte’s richest veins of astounding facts and figures.
As executive director of Mainstreet Uptown Butte, part of Everett’s job is to be an expert on the Mining City’s background and history. But writing a 124-page, 720-question trivia book on the Mining City? Everett admitted it was a little intimidating.
The book is over 25 years of learning,” Everett said. “It’s almost everything I know about Butte, in trivia form.”
Indeed, there are answers to questions you never thought of asking. If you’ve ever wanted to know how many bones Evel Knievel broke during his career, or how long the nose is on Our Lady of the Rockies, or what famous comedian stole a tourist trolley from downtown Butte, then this book is for you.
Everett humbly acknowledges his book is by far the most definitive source about everything Butte—from the city’s official flower (it’s Clarkia pulchella, or the pink fairy) to what Catholic miners called waste rock from underground mines (Protestant ore).
One of Everett’s favorite items he uncovered is about a young man who was the stand-in for Charlie Chaplin. “A lot of people know Charlie Chaplin preformed in Butte,” Everett said. “But his understudy, Stanley Jefferson, was also a good story.” Why? Because shortly after leaving the Mining City, Jefferson changed his last name to “Laurel” and became the first half of the comic duo Laurel and Hardy.
Of course, Butte claims many Montana superlatives, including the state’s first millionaire, most expensive road, and deepest lake, and Butte may be the only city on the planet to boast ringing rocks, flying cowboys, and a memorial marker for a moose.
“I hope people have as much fun reading this as I did writing it,” Everett said.
Full of unforgettable facts and fascinating tidbits, “Butte Trivia” belongs in every classroom, bathroom, and barroom. The 128-page paperback sells for $9.95 and is available at bookstores or by calling Riverbend Publishing toll-free 1-866-787-2363.