Thompson Falls Dam

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Thompson Falls Dam is a dam in Sanders County, Montana, in the northwestern part of the state.

Sanders County, Montana County in the United States

Sanders County is a county in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 11,413. Its county seat is Thompson Falls. The county was founded in 1905.

A complex of four hydropower dams stand on the Clark Fork River in downtown Thompson Falls, Montana:

Thompson Falls, Montana City in Montana, United States

Thompson Falls is a city in and the county seat of Sanders County, Montana, United States. The population was 1,313 at the 2010 census.

Operations here began in 1915 with original construction on a set of natural falls. Today, the four dams together impound an upstream reservoir, with a water storage capacity of 8300 acre-feet, and a seven-unit hydroelectric generation capacity of 94 megawatts. [1]

Montana Power Company originally built the dam, PPL Corporation purchased it in 1997 and sold it to NorthWestern Corporation in 2014. The island between the dams contains a public park with hiking trails, picnic tables, and scenic overlooks. [2]

The Montana Power Company (MPC) was an electric utility company based in Butte, Montana which provided electricity to Montana consumers and industry from 1912 to 1997.

PPL Corporation

The PPL Corporation is an energy company headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States. It currently controls about 8,000 megawatts of regulated electric generating capacity in the United States and delivers electricity to 10.5 million customers in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Great Britain. It also provides natural gas delivery service to 321,000 customers in Kentucky. PPL Electric Utilities is the PPL Corporation's primary subsidiary.

NorthWestern Corporation owns NorthWestern Energy, a utility company that serves South Dakota, Nebraska, and Montana that is based in Sioux Falls. As of December 31, 2007, the company serves approximately 650,000 customers. The company's corporate headquarters are located in Sioux Falls while the headquarters for the South Dakota operations are in Huron, SD.

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Coordinates: 47°35′29″N115°21′01″W / 47.59149°N 115.35020°W / 47.59149; -115.35020

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