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Alberton is a town in Mineral County, Montana, United States. The population was 420 at the 2010 census. It was named for Albert J. Earling, president of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. 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.)HistoryThe town celebrates its railroad heritage each year with "Alberton's Railroad Day", which is always held the third Saturday in July. https://www.facebook.com/Alberton.Railroad.Day.Montana July 18, 2015 marked the 30th anniversary of this community event. There is a home-town parade, petting zoo, railroad car tour, wool spinning circle, western melodrama, family games like "Hunt for the Golden Spike", and great music from local artists. Vendors show case their artistic talents using local rocks, minerals, and other wildcrafting materials. Educational activities are sponsored by the Alberton Commmunity Foundation (501c3 nonprofit organization).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."
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