Hungry Horse Clearing Ball Historical

Hungry Horse Clearing Ball Historical (HM1XI1)

Location: Hungry Horse, MT 59919 Flathead County
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Country: United States of America
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N 48° 23.131', W 114° 3.772'

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This ingenious 4.5 ton, 8-foot diameter ball was used in 1950 for clearing operations on 6,207 acres in the Hungry Horse Reservoir. Two contractors, S.L. (Red) Wixson, and John H. Trisdale, developed it.

The ball was dragged at the end of cables by two large tractors. The height of the ball kept chains and cables free of stumps. The result was that clearing was as fast as a man could walk, men were safe from falling trees, and clearing costs were reduced.

Plaques donated by Anaconda Aluminum Company

Flathead National Forest

United States Department of Agriculture
HM NumberHM1XI1
Historical Period20th Century
Historical PlaceOther
Marker TypeHistoric Object
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Marker Condition
8 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11U E 717448 N 5363318
Decimal Degrees48.38551667, -114.06286667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 48° 23.131', W 114° 3.772'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds48° 23' 7.8600" N, 114° 3' 46.3200" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)406
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8860 US-2, Hungry Horse MT 59919, US
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I Saw The Marker

It is well maintained at the side of the road. No clue what it is until you stop and walk up to it. A great piece of roadside fun!

Oct 6, 2019 at 5:45pm PDT by pmdlite

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