Square Butte Webcam
Square Butte is a large, prominent butte located 22 miles west of Great Falls, Montana. Often the subject of Charles Russell’s paintings, this butte is located in Cascade County. There are 11 other buttes in Montana named Square Butte.
The geologic formation of Square Butte is a laccolith, a mass of igneous rock formed from magma that did not surface but instead spread out, forcing the overlying strata to bulge upward. There are alternating layers, light and dark bands that are each six to eight feet thick, throughout the formation. The volcanic activity that formed Square Butte was not unique to the area. In fact, three other laccolith intrusionsCascade Butte, Fort Shaw Butte, and Crown Butte are located within ten miles of Square Butte. – Central Montana Tourism
The flat-topped butte juts 2,400 feet above the surrounding plains and is visible for a radius of seventy-five miles in many directions. With its soaring buttresses, spires, and pinnacles it is a compelling and imposing site. A town named after the formation lies at the foot of the mountain.