I received this email recently
My name is Molly. However my maiden name is Molly Blackwell and I’m originally from libby, MT. A friend of mine sent me a link to you’re blog about Blackwell Flats. And I have to say I enjoyed it very much. I grew up I that very same spot and spent much of my childhood fly fishing right there.
My grandfather Lewis Blackwell moved to libby from Billings to build the libby dam. There was nothing out there so just above blackwell flats he built blackwell trailor court and that was for the men and their family’s building the dam. it stayed long after the dam was built and turned into its own tiny town. Laundry, gas station, grocery store….my aunt drove a garbage truck while my dad and uncle dumped the garbage. Years after it closed Blackwell flats came to be and it was named after my grandfather. Just a little history. Thank you for the story. My grandpa would have loved to know it was being enjoyed.
I wrote her back asking permission to post her email on my blog. Shen then wrote me the following email.
You can absolutely share that story…. There is a lot of fun history about libby. We lived off hwy 2 heading towards troy. So we were all over those trails and swinging bridge growing up. If you get the chance the movie, a river wild, with kevin bacon and meryl streep was filmed at those falls. Also in the early 90’s I believe the movie, always, with john goodman was filmed on the other side towards kalispell out at the “airport”. I also read your other blogs about libby and the falls. I just really enjoyed them all and it made me home sick. Thank you
Thrilled to get that email
It always makes me feel good when someone lets me know they enjoyed my blog. But to have someone who actually grew up in that area is really special. Then you get a sense of what it was like for them growing up.
I visited Libby back in June/July, 2013. just after my trip into Canada. No one had mentioned Libby to me, but I just thought it looked interesting. What a treasure that was. Plus the camping was very cheap.
There are two blog posts that Molly is referring to:
There are several other blog posts about the Libby, MT area which you can read. I loved this area and would highly recommend it to anyone traveling in Montana.
Pics from my stay in Libby.
Thanks Molly for the wonderful emails and a bit of history about Blackwell Flats and the Libby area. It brought back great memories of my trip there.