Thompson Falls Hydroelectric Dam Historic District
|Location||US ALT 10 at Clark Fork River within NW part of Thompson Falls, Thompson Falls, Montana|
|Area||80 acres (32 ha)|
|Built by||Peppard, O.E.; Cowles, William|
|MPS||Thompson Falls MRA|
|NRHP reference #||86002756|
|Added to NRHP||October 7, 1986|
Thompson Falls Hydroelectric Dam Historic District is an 80 acres (32 ha) historic district in Thompson Falls which includes six contributing buildings. It is located on the Clark Fork River, on alternate U.S. Route 10, within the northwestern part of Thompson Falls.
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