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Mudville, Montana: 1942

Mudville, Montana: 1942

March 1942. "Wheeler, Montana. Boom town of the Fort Peck construction era, now nearly deserted." Photo by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Hot shot

One of Margaret Bourke White's most famous photographs.

There's no joy

… being in that parking area.

With apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer

There is no joy in Mudville.

Mud season

The dreaded springtime thaw!

Four Peck Dam photo by Margaret Bourke-White

Perhaps the most recognizable photographs involving Bourke-White show her perched on a Chrysler Building gargoyle. Ironically, she is the subject, not the photographer, of those famous photos. Oscar Graubner, described online as Bourke-White's darkroom assistant, took the photos.

WPA dambuilding project

Wikipedia has a bit on Fort Peck: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Peck,_Montana
Originally an Indian trading post, in the 1930s this was a WPA project to build a dam, some structures remain.

[The dam was also on the cover of the first issue of Life magazine. - Dave]

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