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Great Falls Portage

Great Falls, Montana
County of Cascade.
South of Great Falls
National Register Number: 66000429
Resource type: District.
Property type: Transportation - water -related. The threat level was Threatened in
2008.
Congressional District: MT-at-Large Certified Local Government: NO
This NHL offers public access.
Please contact the NHL directly for visitor information.
Current use/information: 406-454-5840; www.fwp.state.mt.us; www.corpsofdiscovery.org.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 23, 1966):
The Lewis and Clark Expedition undertook an 18-mile, 31-day portage at Great Falls, one of the most difficult ordeals of their westward trip. The Great Falls Portage NHL is within Giant Springs State Park.

Condition:
The historic preservation plan for the Sulphur (Sacajawea) Springs project has been completed. The National Park Service was a consultant on the Sulphur (Sacajawea) Springs Historic Preservation Plan. A trail developed by the U.S. Forest Service in conjunction with the Montana, Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Bureau of Land Management is complete.

A draft Environmental Impact Statement has been released for the Highwood Generating Station. The station is a 250-megawatt, Circulating Fluidized Bed, coal-fired power plant with 6-megawatt of wind generation. Sections of the water intake and wastewater lines, overhead electric transmission lines, and the rail spur are proposed to be constructed within the NHL boundaries. Because this NHL’s integrity is based on visual landscape qualities, the facilities planned present a high likelihood of negatively impacting the significant historic scene.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
Acquisition of conservation easements in the area of the NHL should continue and ATV activities should be closely monitored.


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