Saturday, July 10, 2010
Dam, Another One
Truck maintenance was on our minds yesterday; we needed to have the oil changed and to wash Black Beauty to see how deep the scratches were to her finish. The oil was changed successfully in Columbia Falls and we washed away the mud and some of the marks but it's obvious we're going to have to work on the finish of the truck sometime soon.
As we were driving home we noticed the sign for the Hungry Horse Dam and since we're always good for some dam information (!) we decided to head up that way. There is a tiny visitor center with information on the dam and the local area inside, with a friendly young man and woman available to answer questions. The name Hungry Horse, which was given to the town, the dam, a mountain, a lake and a creek, comes from two work horses which got lost during the winter in the early 1900s. Found weak and starving about a month later, they were eventually nursed back to health and so the name stuck.
This area too was burned in the forest fires of 2003. Below is the Flathead River coming out of the dam.