Buford-Trenton Project

Buford-Trenton Project (HM2N8P)

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N 47° 59.148', W 103° 59.189'

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The Power of the Missouri

— A U.S. Reclamation Service project contracted 1905-1908 —

Irrigation possibilities in the area were recognized as early as 1902. On November 18th, 1904 the Buford-Trenton Project was authorized by the Secretary of the Interior. Reclamation Service (now the Federal Bureau of Reclamation) specifications called for building pumping stations, a canal, turnouts, flumes and a siphon. Pumping machinery included two pumping stations, one on a floating barge, and the other in a concrete building along the banks of the Missouri River. The remains of the original concert pumping station and be seen on site.
This project pumped water from the Missouri River using electricity generated by the Reclamation power plant at the Williston Project.
Inferior soils and high pumping cost contributed to the project's demise. A series of wet years caused the landowners in the area to lose interest in irrigation and the project was discontinued.
HM NumberHM2N8P
Placed ByState Historical Society of North Dakota
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Date Added Friday, November 29th, 2019 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 575624 N 5315218
Decimal Degrees47.98580000, -103.98648333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 47° 59.148', W 103° 59.189'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds47° 59' 8.8800000000002" N, 103° 59' 11.34" W
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