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Casing Sections #3 and #1 of first four Hydraulic Turbines for Hungry Horse Power Plant

Hungry Horse Dam History

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Hungry Horse Dam received its name from two freight horses (Tex and Jerry) working in the Flathead River's South Fork area. They wandered away from their logging shed during the severe winter of 1900-01.

After struggling for a month in deep snow, they were found so starved and weak that care and feeding were needed to nurse them back to health. Stunned loggers nicknamed the gaunt survivors the "Mighty Hungry Horses". Jerry later pulled a fire wagon in Kalispell and Tex did similar duty on a wagon for the Kalispell Mercantile Company.

 
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P447-100-507: View of construction progress at Hungry Horse Dam, including labels and mark indicating where the top of dam should be. P447-100-507: View of construction progress at Hungry Horse Dam, including labels and mark indicating where the top of dam should be. P447-100-714: Equipment excavating material for the 36 foot diameter diversion tunnel at Hungry Horse Dam site. The 1 and one half yard electric shovel loads a 20 yard truck. P447-100-714: Equipment excavating material for the 36 foot diameter diversion tunnel at Hungry Horse Dam site. The 1 and one half yard electric shovel loads a 20 yard truck. P447-100-529: Telephoto view from point downstream on north side of canyon showing Hungry Horse power plant area. At left are the three 96” river outlet tubes; in center foreground is site of valve house. P447-100-529: Telephoto view from point downstream on north side of canyon showing Hungry Horse power plant area. At left are the three 96” river outlet tubes; in center foreground is site of valve house.
P447-100-490: Two-millionth yard of concrete in Hungry Horse Dam placed. A sign noting the occasion is hung on one of the highline buckets during a pour in Block 18A to elevation 3365. P447-100-490: Two-millionth yard of concrete in Hungry Horse Dam placed. A sign noting the occasion is hung on one of the highline buckets during a pour in Block 18A to elevation 3365. P447-100-575: View of Hungry Horse Dam “glory hole” spillway, passing 30,000 cubic feet of water per second – about 225,000 gallons per second. P447-100-575: View of Hungry Horse Dam “glory hole” spillway, passing 30,000 cubic feet of water per second – about 225,000 gallons per second. P447-100-573: Aerial oblique view of Hungry Horse Dam and powerplant. Just above left crest of dam is “glory hole” spillway. Discharge portal is seen below river outlet valve house at lower left. Elevation level of reservoir is 3529.77 and storage is 2,796,659 acre-feet. P447-100-573: Aerial oblique view of Hungry Horse Dam and powerplant. Just above left crest of dam is “glory hole” spillway. Discharge portal is seen below river outlet valve house at lower left. Elevation level of reservoir is 3529.77 and storage is 2,796,659 acre-feet.
P447-100-436: Use of 4.5 ton, 8 foot in diameter steel ball in clearing operations. P447-100-436: Use of 4.5 ton, 8 foot in diameter steel ball in clearing operations. P447-100-446: Jackhammer crews operating on Hungry Horse damsite abutment. P447-100-446: Jackhammer crews operating on Hungry Horse damsite abutment. P447-100-526: First of three ring follower gates being installed to control flow of water through the 96" outlet tubes. P447-100-526: First of three ring follower gates being installed to control flow of water through the 96" outlet tubes.
 
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Contact Information
Dennis Philmon
(406) 387-5241 x 313
dphilmon@usbr.gov

Hungry Horse Field Office
PO Box 190130
Hungry Horse, MT 59919-0130
 
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