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Chester Steele Memorial Park

Originally named the Butte Community Memorial Hospital Park, the park was given to the children of Butte by the Anaconda Company. It was renamed to Chester Steele Memorial Park on November 17, 1965, in honor of Chester Steele, who died in 1959. Steele started working for the Anaconda Copper Mining Company in 1916 in the geological department, working his way up to head geologist, and eventually becoming vice-president of the company.

Over time, the park received many improvements, beginning with $25,000 in federal funding to create a wading pool that is still in use today. In 1998, Nickelodeon’s Big Help donated $25,000 for park improvements, including a new jungle gym and a mushroom shaped fountain for the wading pool.

Since the 1970s Chester Steele Park has been host to annual parties during Butte’s July 3rd fireworks celebrations. In the winter, the children of Butte flock to its hillside for sledding.

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Playground at Chester Steele Park
Playground at Chester Steele Park Children are enjoying the playground at Chester Steele Park . Source: Montana Standard, May 13, 1968 Creator: Herb Slodounik Date: May 13, 1968
Wading pool at Chester Steele Park
Wading pool at Chester Steele Park Children are enjoying the wading pool in Chester Steele Park. Source: Montana Standard, July 15, 1977 Creator: Walter Hinick Date: July 15, 1977
Sledding at Chester Steel Park
Sledding at Chester Steel Park Pictured are children sledding at Chester Steele Park. Source: Montana Standard, November 25, 1967 Creator: Herb Slodounik Date: November 25, 1967

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Lindsay Mulcahy, “Chester Steele Memorial Park,” Story of Butte, accessed May 18, 2024, https://storyofbutte.org/items/show/3429.