Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fort Peck Christmas ...

A new online acquaintance named Steve Bixby was kind enough to send me some historic Fort Peck images recently ... and though I should have probably held this one till Christmastime it was cool enough that I wanted to post it now. Thanks, Steve!

This was one of the giant dredges that dug up Missouri River sediment near the Fort Peck damsite ... the dredge material was carried in pipelines to the construction area, and used in building the earth-fill of the new dam. This postcard photo probably dates from 1934 or so.


  1. That was such an incredible project. And nothing says, "Merry Christmas!" like a picture of a lauching dredge...

  2. Yep, you really have to wonder why the idea of heavy-equipment Christmas Cards never really caught on. :)

    And it was an amazing project, indeed ... something that thoroughly transformed eastern Montana. I confess, though, that when I see the reservoir I mostly think about how pretty the river used to be before it got flooded.