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Alberton

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Alberton is a town in Mineral County, Montana, United States. The population was 420 at the 2010 census. Alberton was the location of a major chlorine chemical release in 1996. Alberton is the home of Northwest Indian Bible School, a Bible-training institution founded and operated by the Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection (Original Allegheny Conference.)HistoryA post office called Alberton has been in operation since 1909. The town was named for Albert J. Earling, president of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad.On April 11, 1996, a Montana Rail Link train carrying chlorine derailed near Alberton. Three hundred fifty people were injured by chlorine inhalation. One thousand people were evacuated from Alberton and from Frenchtown. Interstate 90 was shut down for nineteen days. The incident has been described as "the largest chemical spill from a train in United States history."GeographyAlberton is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.60sqmi, of which, 0.57sqmi is land and 0.03sqmi is water.ClimateAlberton has a cool-summer humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb).
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