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Fort Peck in Valley County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Diverting the Mighty Missouri

Around Fort Peck Dam

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 26, 2020
1. Diverting the Mighty Missouri Marker
Captions: (middle left) Intake structure of the diversion tunnels nearing completion on June 30, 1936. Today the intake structure is located in the Fort Peck Reservoir below 200 feet of water.; (center) Workers pose for a photo immediately after they finished pouring concrete in the tunnel. The steel liner and bulkheads behind the workers hold the concert in place. February 3, 1937.; (bottom center) Once the dike was blasted on June 24, 1937, the Missouri River ran through the diversion funnels.; (middle right) Tunnel outlets on the downstream side of the dam under construction in September, 1935. Each tunnel is more than one mile long with a diameter of more than 24 feet.
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Four underground tunnels were built to move water around the dam, from Fort Peck Reservoir to the Missouri downstream

On June 24, 1937, the dike holding back the Missouri River was blasted with dynamite. Since then, the river has flown through these tunnels. The only other way water can be released from the reservoir is when the lake becomes high enough to discharge water through the spillway.

About 4,000 men worked day and night for nearly four years to build the tunnels. The tunnels required 117 million pounds of steel, 660,000 cubic yards of concrete, and the removal of nearly 4 million cubic yards of material-enough to fill 500,000 dump trucks.

Each tunnel was designed to safely carry the entire flow of the Missouri River on its own. Today, two of the tunnels feed water to the powerhouses, while the other two are reserved for bypass flows if needed.
 
Erected by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 48° 

Diverting the Mighty Missouri Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 26, 2020
2. Diverting the Mighty Missouri Marker
0.615′ N, 106° 25.307′ W. Marker is in Fort Peck, Montana, in Valley County. Marker can be reached from Yellowstone Road near Winter Harbor, on the left when traveling east. The marker is located in front of the Fort Peck Interpretive Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Peck MT 59223, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Powerful Afterthoughts (here, next to this marker); Town Built for a Dam (within shouting distance of this marker); Boomtowns on the Outskirts (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory (approx. one mile away); Built with Muscle and Muck (approx. one mile away); Fort Peck Dam (approx. one mile away); The Slide of '38 (approx. one mile away); Fort Peck Administration Building (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Peck.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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