Moorhead: A Divided Montana Loses

Series: Red Shale Reflections | Story 22

February 2, 2023

Pictured above is an artist's rendering of what the Moorhead Dam may have looked like had it been built. The view is looking generally south, with the main valley of the Powder River stretching off on the upper right of the photo. Photo courtesy of the Definitive Plan Report (Volume I) Moorhead Unit – Montana, by the Bureau of Reclamation.

In two previous columns, I described the unsuccessful effort to build a dam on the Powder River three miles south of Moorhead during the 1940s. My first column outlined the general history of the project as the Reclamation Bureau prepared for the...

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