Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Fort Peck Dam



One of public work projects Franklin Delano Roosevelt hoped would help lift the country out of the Great Depression, the Fort Peck Dam was authorized in 1933 and employed 11,000 workers by 1939. The dam was completed in 1940.

At 21,026 feet long and 250 feet tall, it is the highest of 6 major dams on Montana's Missouri River and the largest hydraulically filled dam in the country. The dam created the 134 mile long Fort Peck Lake, the fifth largest man-made lake in the United States.

Margaret Bourke-White, who took some of the most iconic pictures during the Great Depression, shot this photograph of the dam, which was featured on the cover of Life Magazine in 1936.

2 comments:

High Desert Diva said...

What a marvel.



It will be interesting to keep track of the public works projects the Obama administration is putting together to battle this recession....and to see how they compare to what was built during Roosevelt's....

Sweet Repose said...

What an amazing structure...makes me ponder what life would've been like without all of the dams in the world, maybe the population would've stayed more evenly matched to the environment...hmmm...progress...