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Old 06-24-2016, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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Have you ever spent any time in Butte?
Are you planning on renting for several months first, before considering a home purchase?
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Old 06-25-2016, 07:54 PM
 
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If I was picking Montana towns to not live in, Butte would top the list, followed by Great Falls.

It is a Super Fund site.

Butte is hilly and tends to be icy all winter. I'd put studded tires on the car for in town.
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Old 06-26-2016, 07:20 AM
 
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I agree about Butte. It has some charm but I don’t think I’d want to live there. If for no other reason than that toxic teabag (Berkeley Pit) in the middle of town.
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Old 06-26-2016, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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It really depends on what job I get! I had aa hopeful opportunity in Deer Lodge do we were considering Butte. We're also thinking about Livingston, because I absolutely love it there! But like I said, it all depends on where I can get a job.
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Montana
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Good luck - there are a lot of good things to be found in most towns.

For my job I spend a lot of time driving all over the state, and I have a cross-over Mazda and put all-season tires on it, and it does great. I am fine driving through a lot of snow to ski, ice and wind on the hi-line, and wet/dry pavement. I don't feel like I need studs, but I am conscious of getting my tires evaluated and rotated frequently. For a larger vehicle like a truck, as others have said, it often makes sense to have studded tires for traction, especially if the back is empty.

I am very careful in the winter to buy windshield wiper fluid that goes down to -20 and still works. Driving behind people here you get a lot of dirt and mud on your windshield, and if you can't get it off or the wiper fluid freezes instantly on your windshield, it can be really dangerous.

I second the emergency survival bag to have in the car. I have a winter one and a summer one. I switch them out depending on what I need. The other thing is really know how to use the tools you carry around. We had someone who carried a tow rope to get pulled out, and if they had used it how they were going to before we stopped them, someone may have gotten killed, or lost a windshield.
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Old 07-17-2016, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Butte has hills and more than its share of ice. The interstate north out of town is often icy. East not so much. All sorts of good advice upthread... you'll be fine.

I especially like the "driving on eggs" analogy... prevents Adventure.
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