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The two RV Gypsies explored Fort Peck Dam and Lake, one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the United States - with more than 1,500 miles of shoreline. Please enjoy the photos and history below.

August 19, 2015

NOTE: The two RV Gypsies arrived in Glasgow, Montana and parked their RV at Cottonwood RV Park which is right beside Cottonwood Hotel. If you are interested in comments about Cottonwood RV Park and photos, please click here, otherwise continue on down this page for information on Fort Peck Dam and Lake. There is a lot of history on this page.

 

First, here are some oddities in the area: On the east side of Glasgow is an unusual sight....the rear part of the fuselage of a small airplane poking out of a tavern, just like it crashed into the bar. It's called "The Hangar Bar" for obvious reasons...the plane's pilot must have been MIGHTY thirsty!

a small airplane poking out of a tavern a small airplane poking out of a tavern

Below: A dinosaur in front of The Hangar Bar shown above.

dinosaur statue

Fort Peck Dam & Lake & Old Fort Peck

Sign: Fort Peck Dam and Lake Fort Peck Marina
sign about Old Fort Peck
sign
panorama and Karen Duquette

In 1805, when Lewis and Clark named this river (which is now known as Milk River) this was a tremendous, relatively dry riverbed.

sign about the Big Dry River note by Captain Lewis
sign about the Milk River sign about the Milk River

BELOW:
Milk River entering the Missouri River

signal hill note
Milk River entering the Missouri River Milk River entering the Missouri River
Lewis and Clark sign the river

Construction of the Fort Peck Dam started in 1933 when Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the project as part of the New Deal during the Great Depression. More than 40,00 people flooded to the area looking for work. The work force peaked in 1936 with 10,564 workers directly linked to the dam.

Fort Peck Dam Fort Peck Dam

Workers overcame a massive earth slide in 1938, affecting a quarter of the dam. The dam was completed two years later, seven years after it was authorized. The original purposes of the dam were flood control and navigation.

Below: Monuments to honor those who lost their lives building Fort Peck Dam.

Monuments to honor those who lost their lives building Fort Peck Dam sign about the dam break
in memory of those who died
dam and lake information Fort Peck Dam Fact Sheet
Fort Peck Tunnels and Powerhouses spillway and reservoir info
Fort Peck Dam a symbol of hope largest hydraulically filled dam in the world
sign: heart of steel dam info
building Fort Peck Dam welcome to Fort Peck map
Fort Peck Dam and Lake Fort Peck Dam
fort Peck Powerhouse sign about the dam

Below: Lee Duquette entering the Fort Peck Interpretive Center and Museum

Lee Duquette outside the Interpretive Center

Below: Displays inside the Fort Peck Interpretive Center and Museum that is dedicated to the construction history of Fort Peck Dam and Lake, the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, and to the prehistoric dinosaurs found in the Hell Creek Geological Formation.

beaver display aquarium
big horn sheep big horn sheep and elk
bear buffalo

Below: Construction photos

Construction photo of Fort Peck Dam Construction photo of Fort Peck Dam
Construction photo of Fort Peck Dam sign about a mouse

Below: two fish that the two RV Gypsies would never want to meet in the ocean.

biggest fish in the sea sign
biggest fish in the sea bones
terror fish sign
terror fish bones

Below: Reflection in a window of the two RV Gypsies as Lee reads a sign.

The two RV Gypsies reflection the Mighty Missouri sign
tunels at Fort Peck Dam tunels at Fort Peck Dam
petrified tree sign
petrified tree stub

Below: The two RV Gypsies took a nature walk behind the Fort Peck Interpretive Center and Museum.

nature walk
bird bird
Fort Peck Dam and tunnels Fort Peck Dam and tunnels

Below: Pelicans that stay in this area because the water is warm.

Pelicans Pelicans
look below

please continue on to travel adventures of the two RV Gypsies Please continue on to the adventures of the two RV Gypsies in North Dakota: Minot Riverwalk, Scandinavian Heritage Center, International Peace Garden, and East Grand Forks