While the public opinion of Robert Craig Knievel, better known as Evel Knievel, in Butte is still split, one thing is certain — he was an international icon. 

Knievel was best known for his attempted jump over the Snake River Canyon in 1974. While the jump wasn't successful, it rocketed the Butte native to stardom.  

During the 1960s and 1970s the daredevil dazzled the country with breathtaking motorcycle jumps and death-defying feats, some flawless and some ending with spectacular crashes. He still holds the Guinness World Record for most broken bones in a lifetime — 443.

After struggling with illness, Knievel died on Nov. 30, 2007 at the age of 69. He has left a lasting legacy in Butte in the form of Evel Knievel Days, better known as EK Days. The celebration, founded by Knievel and longtime friend Bill Rundle in 2002, brings thousands of visitors to the area each summer.

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