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Pilot Butte (; Cree: Otasawâpiwin [oʊtəsəwəpiːwɪn]; Ojibwe: Akawaabiwin [əkəwaːbiːwɪn]), meaning "lookout point", is a town in southern Saskatchewan located in the White Butte area between Highway 46 and the Trans-Canada Highway. The town is a neighbour to Balgonie, White City, and the province's capital city, Regina. As of the 2016 census, Pilot Butte had a population of 2,183, an 18% growth from 2011. The town is governed by the Pilot Butte Town Council and is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Edenwold No. 158.Prior to European arrival, local Indigenous peoples camped near Boggy Creak and used the butte as a lookout point. European settlement began in the area in the 1840s, and Pilot Butte was established in 1882. Pilot Butte's early development was more substantial than neighbouring settlements thanks to its brick plants, sand and gravel deposits, and location on the Canadian Pacific Railway mainline. The village flourished in its early 20th Century heyday with a population nearing 1000; however, following World War I, most of its residents and buildings, including a hotel, train station, and water tower, were dismantled or destroyed.The completion of the Trans-Canada Highway in the 1950s brought people back out to Pilot Butte. The village gained town status in 1979 and its population passed 1000 for the first time in decades. A year later, the name "Sand Capital of Canada" was chosen in a town slogan contest, and in 1982, Pilot Butte celebrated its 100th anniversary and a monument was erected atop Butte Hill. In 1995, the Pilot Butte Storm damaged most of the buildings and nearly every tree town.Since the storm, the town has continued to grow; today, it is home to over 2000 people as well as many businesses and recreational facilities. The town is home to multiple minor sports organizations, as well as the Pilot Butte Storm junior hockey club. Pilot Butte hosted the Western Canadian Softball Championships in 2002 and an annual rodeo attracts visitors to the town every summer. The 2010s saw the beginning of new housing and commercial developments in town, as well as various infrastructure updates, which have continued to attract new residents.
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