After many months…

BlackEagle Dam

“After many months of difficult travel, the explorers made their way in to the Great Falls area. They noted an abundance of game, grizzly bear encounters and herds of ten-thousand buffalo. Upon reaching the last falls of the Missouri River, they described a high hill on the north and beautiful level plains on the south. ‘Below the falls at a little distance is a beautiful well-timbered island which is situated in the middle of the river. On this island on a cottonwood tree an Eagle has placed her nest; a more¬†inaccessible¬†spot she could not have found; for neither man nor beast dare pass those gulfs which separate her little domain from the shores.’…May 30, 1805, Captain Meriwether Lewis, from the Journals of Lewis and Clark.From this journal entry, Black Eagle Falls found it’s name. Nearly eighty years later another man, Paris Gibson, beholding that scene envisioned a location for industry with easily accessible resources of water, power and transportation. That dream was realized when the site became the home of the mighty Anaconda Company. Industry offered opportunity for those seeking a better life. They put their homes down, surrounded the Anaconda Company and called themselves ‘Little Chicago,’ and ‘Little Milwaukee’ and ‘Burlingame.’ When a post office opened, the settlements joined and adopted the name ‘Black Eagle’ in honor of the falls and the eagle described so vividly long ago.”

-From In the Shadow of the Big Stack
by the Black Eagle Community

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