Whitehall is a vibrant; centrally located rural community embracing change to ensure a safe high quality of life for all generations, and a community that attracts our youth back home. We celebrate our strengths as a diverse sustainable resource-based community of natural beauty nestled in the mountains. We will achieve our full potential while maintaining our traditional caring and friendly atmosphere, spiritual strength and positive attitude to provide everyone the opportunity for prosperity.
Core Value Statement
When we all work together, progress will be made. We as a chamber will stand firm on honesty, respect and communication.
What are the facts about Whitehall?
Whitehall is nestled in the Jefferson Valley in the shadows of the Tobacco Root and Highland Mountain ranges, and is home of the acclaimed Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Murals. Close to a half dozen stunning large murals depicting scenes of the Lewis & Clark Expedition as they traversed what late became the Jefferson Valley adorn contemporary and historic Whitehall Buildings. More murals are in the works, and when completed in time for the 2004-06 Lewis & Clark Bicentennial close to 20 murals will be displayed throughout town.
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 towns 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 most unique geology found anywhere. Whitehall's big celebration is the rip roaring' Frontier Days, held July 28-30. The event includes two big nights of NRA rodeo action, a parade, street dance, cow pasture golf tournament, a huge craft show and lots, lots more.
Town Population: 1184
Surrounding Area Population: 1500
Annual Rainfall: 12-13 inches
Growing Season: 110 days
Elevation: 4351 feet
Churches: All major denominations
Organizations: Numerous community service organizations
Airport: Jefco Skypark- 1/3/ mile northwest of Whitehall-4200 foot runway
Services: High school, middle school, elementary school, public library, medical clinic with two doctors and two dentists, optometrist, two physical therapy clinics, message therapy school, chiropractic clinic, senior citizen center, senior assisted living facility.
What makes Whitehall so 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.
Recreation in Whitehall:Outdoor swimming pool, movie theater, baseball/softball fields, rodeo grounds, bowling alley, tennis courts, a museum and antique shops.
Projects and Goals For 2000
- 8 more murals completed
- Lewis and Clark life size painted wood cutouts.
- Silent Art Auction using local artists
- Cow pasture Golf Tournament
- Lewis and Clark Trial