Project Main Details
“Here, far up toward the headwaters of the Missouri River, army engineers are making a beginning on a undertaking so stupendous that it dwarfs anything ever before attempted on this wayward, this treacherous, this hitherto uncontrollable stream” -The Kansas City Star, 1933
In the midst of the great depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt set the stage to build the world’s largest earthen dam, to tame the mighty Missouri river. Winding through America’s heartland, the Missouri was wildly unpredictable, and characterized by extremes. Spring floods brought destruction to much of the great plains. Periods of severe drought caused enormous suffering and economic loss. Navigation on the waterway was nearly impossible.
Led by the Army Corps of Engineers and the “New Deal” Public Works Administration, construction began on the Fort Peck dam, which promised many benefits in this pattern of excess and deficiencies. The “help wanted” sign was posted in 1933, and thousands of American families headed for the only hope of employment that they had seen in years. “We had the sewing machine on the front of the car, an old ’29 Dodge. And, we had the washtubs on the side of it, and the machine on the back and we were quite loaded down.” Ivy Stebleton was just a child when her family joined the droves of people trudging across the badlands of Eastern Montana in search of work. For many Americans,1933 was the hardest year of the Great Depression, with 1 in 4 people unemployed. The prospect for a regular paycheck, over rode any second thoughts about the fierce winters and intensely hot summers that prevail in Montana’s badlands. It was no surprise to see the mercury drop to 54 below zero in the winter, and climb to 115 in the dry summers. The conditions were dangerous, the pay low, and housing inadequate. Most lived in boomtowns that sprang up almost overnight near the project, often in small tar paper shacks with no electricity.
For six long years, workers faced risky and dangerous conditions in three shifts, 24 hours a day. 60 Men were killed during construction, 7 of whom are entombed deep in the dam following a massive landslide in 1938.
Today, The Fort Peck Dam remains the largest hydraulically filled earthen dam in the world. For 75 years it has tirelessly carried out its original missions; flood control, navigation, power generation, and recreation. But, In a more environmentally conscious age, some wish the dam had never been built. The value system that was in place when the dam was authorized gave little consideration to the destruction of natural habitats. What is certain, is there will be ever growing debate about the management of water, and the role of large dams. Arid, western states are already considering the future of the commodity that if sold, could become the new gold standard. Others, like Maude Barlow, feel that water cannot be owned. “If we’re going to have water for all in the future, we’re going to have to live differently with water. We’re going to have to stop seeing it as our own resource for our own personal profit and pleasure and start respecting it in a different way, and that really does, then, challenge the whole concept with the big dam.”
2012-04-13 00:03:04 GMT 2012-04-14 14:14:26 (GMT -07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed - Note: This project was manually closed by the voice seeker before it reached its original deadline. 0 0 0 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 60 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
• Audio files must be delivered via FTP/Dropbox/Google Drive/cloud
For centuries, the The Mighty Missouri has been a dominant force in the American great plains, and has always been characterized by extremes. The region is almost always too hot, or too cold. Too wet, or too dry.
In the summer of 1933, Congress approved one of FDRs most ambitious programs - the public works administration. The president was given authority to spend, at his discretion, up to 6 Billion Dollars on new infrastructure projects around the country.
Massive dams were to be constructed around the American West.
Work had just begun and it it was already the largest Dam in the world.
It provided hope for the Prospect of a regular paycheck
during darkest days of the Great depression.
It was an Engineering feat in a location that was as harsh, desolate and unforgiving as any on earth. Fort Peck Dam.
Voice123 Team Comments
Voice123 consultations with this voice seeker regarding this project and/or other projects by this voice seeker, via phone, chat, and/or email.
This project - phone.
Previous projects - phone.
This project - email or chat.
Previous projects - email or chat.
Corporate web site for this voice-seeker confirmed by Voice123
Note: Voice123 strives to establish the legitimacy of all projects posted. However, Voice123 subscribers and users are responsible for confirming information stated by prospective voice seekers, agents and/or clients. Voice123 subscribers and users assume all liability for use of any information found through Voice123, or any of its publications.
This page contains the most important details of this project. If you find the information on this project inaccurate or inappropriate, please let us know by contacting us.