Guestbook Archive

If you go to the Corps of Engineers Administration Building, they should give you a copy of the journal that the web site is based on.
Rafe S
Glasgow, MT US - Wednesday, May 31, 2000 at 06:27:43 (MST)
Great job. Very interesting. I lived in Fort Peck as a child from 1954 to 1962. I am going back to visit next week with my brother Jim. Is it possible to purchase your history in paper form? Thanks for your effort.
Richard Frampton
Turlock, CA USA - Tuesday, May 30, 2000 at 23:01:04 (MST)
Great job. Is there any maps of the dam . It would be great to be able to look at a map of the different places on the computer. This dam is a super place to boat and fish. Thanks for all your hard work.
Virgil Hellyer
Jordan, Mt USA - Tuesday, May 30, 2000 at 21:42:23 (MST)
The Ft. Peck Dam and it's history brings back memories to me. My father worked at the dam, and lived in Wheeler. Myself, I have had a few Montana "Ditches" at the Buckhorn. I have created a web page: I would like to link your page to mine. Relatives and friends that will periodically view my site, I am sure would enjoy yours. I am focusing on Northeast Montana. Please advise. Sid Blair
Sid Blair
Claremont, CA US - Friday, April 21, 2000 at 11:09:20 (MST)
I love fort Peck Lake and Dam its so beautiful. hope you all have a good time there
Skye Berns
Billings, MT USA - Saturday, April 01, 2000 at 16:50:03 (MST)
Nice site. I lived as a kid with my parents at Fort Peck, back between 1963 to 1968. My Dad was a hydroplant operator at the dam for the Corp of Engineers. I explored the area as a kid around the plant, and found alot of the remanents of the construction of dam left and over grown with weeds. I hope to go back for a visit someday.
Dail F. Melton
Braselton, GA USA - Saturday, February 19, 2000 at 01:07:11 (MST)
Nice site, thank you for the opportunity. D. Gillette touched on a technically significant issue. In later assessments the conclusion was reached that the failure was the first recognizable instance of "liquefaction," a phenomenon currently of interest when evaluating effects of earthquakes. The Corps of Engineers evaluated Ft Peck for earthquakes in the 1970's. Reports are likely available. It is possible that a re-evaluation was performed subsequently.
F. McLean
Colorado USA - Tuesday, February 08, 2000 at 13:30:15 (MST)
Found your site while researching historical occurrences of soil liquefaction and flow, as occurred in the 1938 slide. Fort Peck is a very important case history for predicting soil behavior in other situations. I greatly appreciated the pictures, the construction history, and the eyewitness accounts, which I had not seen in the technical literature. Question: Your FPH13 reports the dam was completed two weeks earlier, whereas Arthur Casagrande reported the fill to be about 20 feet below the final crest elev. of 2180. Can you resolve that? Best regards, DRG
David Rees Gillette, PE, PhD
Denver, CO - Tuesday, February 08, 2000 at 12:59:11 (MST)
LEWISTOWN, MT FERGUS - Monday, January 31, 2000 at 17:46:29 (MST)
Your site on Fort Peck was a treat and a memory provoker. My dad MP Livingston worked at the Dam from 1943 until 1952. He began as an electrician at $.90 an hour. Last time I was back was in 1967. I will spread the word of your work with my family. Dad retired from the Corp of Engineers in 1970 and died in 1983 in Pierre SD. Thanks again
Jim Livingston
Scottsbluff, NE USA - Sunday, December 19, 1999 at 20:03:16 (MST)
Just happened to stumble accross your site and found it very interesting. I think that some maps and dam diagrams would be nice additions.
Richard Aaron
Dover, NJ USA - Friday, December 17, 1999 at 10:50:50 (MST)
Do you know where I can find any information on the personnel that worked on the Snake Butte or Fort Peck Dam project? We are looking for my husband's grandfather, Homer Harlan Hamilton. No one has seen or heard from hims since 1940. Please e-mail any information you might have to: Thank you, Marsha Hamilton
Marsha Hamilton
Rock Springs, WY - Monday, December 13, 1999 at 21:13:17 (MST)
Do you know where I can obtain any information on the personnel working on Snake Butte or Fort Peck Dam? My husband's grandfather, Homer Harlan Hamilton, worked on these projects. No one has heard or seen him since 1940. Please e-mail any information you may have or places to check to: Thank you.
Marsha Hamilton
Rock Springs, WY - Monday, December 13, 1999 at 21:06:22 (MST)
You have a very cool site. I'm 17 and I didn't even know Fort Peck Dam existed until I saw it on an old cover on LIFE magazine. This dam doesn't get enough recognition, it's practically an American icon beeing on the cover of the first LIFE magazine. The picture made me wonder what the heck it was, and your site is the only one with decent pictures. Thank you so much. (I'm using the picture for an art project)
Will Edwards
Granite Bay, CA US - Saturday, September 04, 1999 at 18:17:44 (MST)
I have really enjoyed all the information here about Fort Peck Dam. I spent seven years there when my dad worked on the dam. I would be especially interested if anyone has any history about McCone City.
Dick Watson
Roseville, CA USA - Monday, August 30, 1999 at 21:41:40 (MST)
What a suprise to encounter such a great site! Great job. Like many others I am reading Doig's Bucking the Sun. Decided to look for more information and am glad I did. Hope to make a trip up this summer to see this marvel for myself. If you have local ravel and tourism board for additional regional information please advise.
L. Holt
Edmond, OK USA - Sunday, June 20, 1999 at 09:19:22 (MST)
I am another who just finished Doig's Bucking the Sun who wanted to know more about this great engineering project. I group in Las Vegas where Hoover/Boulder Dam gave that city its real start. Descended from Scotsman in Minnesota, I enjoyed that part of the book but it is the Dam that is the star of the story. I was amazed to find such a well done site on a project that I had never heard of before the book. Thank you many times. One area of interest not explored in the state is whether the putting all those people to work was really worth the change that it had on the Missouri. Certainly power must have had a big impact on the region. How did it affect the river? For good or ill.
C Olson
Tokyo, Japan - Sunday, June 13, 1999 at 00:44:12 (MST)
My father was a carpenter on the dam first in the tunnels and then on the forms. If anyone out there knows of any remaining crewman alive please contact me. My father is still living and would like to correspond or visit or just know that he is not the only one left of the 10,000. He is 88 and very mentally sharp still and has great stories. Any help would be appreciated. Nina (Ostberg) Corman
Nina Corman
Lompoc, CA usa - Thursday, April 29, 1999 at 23:01:18 (MST)
I am doing a reading group review on Ivan Doig's Bucking the Sun. This is wonderful reference material. Thanks for all the effort.... I have learned alot thanks to you and Mr. Doig.
A. Halligan
Houston, TX USA - Tuesday, April 27, 1999 at 19:01:41 (MST)
does fort peck have a large marina that can put in a 37 foot boat ?
- Saturday, March 06, 1999 at 12:01:52 (MST)

Here's the address and phone number of a few of the Marinas on Fort Peck. They should be able to tell you what they can accommodate.

Fort Peck Marina Inc
Sw Of Fort Peck
Fort Peck, MT 59223-0000
Phone: (406) 526-3442

Rock Creek Marina
Circle, MT 59215-0000
Phone: (406) 485-2560

Hell Creek Marina
Hlcrkrt Hl Crk Rt
Jordan, MT 59337-0000
Phone: (406) 557-2345


Great job on your site!! I have set up a Montana history-related web site at   This web site gives an overview of three books written by Leland Cade, all related to the history of Golden Valley County, Montana.  The three books are     "Well, I Guess I Was Just Lucky"  A Biography of Montana Homesteaders     "The Schools of Golden Valley County, Montana"     "The Ghost Towns of Golden Valley County, Montana" I would like to provide some links to other Montana history sites.  Would it be OK if I provide a link from my site to your site? 
Sure...anyone can link to me as as long as they don't claim ownership :o)
If you would like to provide a link to my site that would be great. Thanks and regards. Randall Cade

Randall Cade
The Woodlands, Tx USA - Thursday, January 07, 1999 at 20:25:36 (MST)
I'm another person whose interest grew rapidly after reading Ivan Doig's "Bucking the Sun." I'm a Montana History teacher who has been looking for information, especially photographs, about the construction of the dam to help teach my students about one of this country's largest construction projects. There is just nothing easy to find out there on the internet about Fort Peck. Thank you for providing this site! Jim Holland, Jr. Montana History Teacher Townsend, Montana
Townsend, MT USA - Monday, December 14, 1998 at 22:42:02 (MST)
Great sight. My dad was an oiler on the dredge Jefferson and wrote the "Beans to Buckshot" in the Corps of Engineers 50th Aniversary District News in 1987.
chuck epperson
salem, ore usa - Sunday, December 13, 1998 at 23:39:57 (MST)
I like your site. This is the greatest tribute to Fort Peck That I have ever seen. Thank you so much for publishing it! I can't wait to show this to my kids (even my grandkids someday!) Thanks again,
Circle, MT USA - Monday, December 07, 1998 at 20:44:52 (MST)

Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 22:39:25 -0700
Subject: Dam Web Site

Thanks for all the hard work. You have created a great site! The pictures
are worth every second of loading time and fit the text quite well.

Dave P.
Stationary Engineer

Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 10:48:28 +800
Dear Rafterman,

Thank you very much for the great information on Fort Peck Dam. I
just finished reading Bucking the Sun by Ivan Doig and your history
of the Fort Peck project cleared up several questions that I had
after reading the book. One question still remains for me. When the
dam was being built, was the dam site dry? Was the Missouri River
being diverted around the site by the tunnels that the men were
working on? What confused me was that one of the characters in the
book was a diver. Why would a diver be necessary if the dam site
was dry? If the dam site was not dry, I have a hard time
envisioning how the fill could have been dumped in an efficient
manner. Thanks again for your help.
Joe S.

Date: Friday, August 14, 1998 7:18 PM
Subject: History of Fort Peck Dan

Dear Rafterman,
Thanks for putting the History of Fort Peck Dam up on the web. This is
very interesting and useful.

If you haven't read Ivan Doig's "Bucking the Sun," you might give it a try.
After I read it, my interest in Fort Peck was really heightened. Your
site was a great help.

I was born and raised in Lewistown, MT, but I haven't seen the dam or the
east end of the lake for over 35 years. Later this summer, my wife and I
plan to drive up (or down, if you consider elevation) to re-visit the area.

Once again, thanks for the site.

Date: Monday, July 13, 1998 9:48 AM

I've really enjoyed your site. Since I live (relatively) close to Fort
Peck, I have resolved to stop reading about it, and actually visit it
someday soon!
-Will C. distant, far-off Regina, Saskatchewan.