Moorhead, A Struggle By A Dam Site


The empty foundations pictured in the foreground tell a tale of a project which never came to fruition - the Moorhead Dam. The foundations were poured for structures in anticipation of a dam across the Powder River, which if approved would have spanned the river between the plateau on which the foundations are pictured across to the timbered bluffs on the far bank, approximately in the center of the photo.

For good or ill, the Powder River has always been regarded as different from the other tributaries of the Yellowstone. The river's very name originates from the sediment that flows in its water. "A mile wide and an inch deep," with water "too thi...

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