Black Eagle, Montana

Black Eagle Falls on the Missouri River
Black Eagle Dam and Falls

Black Eagle is a suburb on the northern side of Great Falls. The town is named for Black Eagle Falls on the Missouri River. Lewis and Clark gave the falls the name because of the sheer number of black eagles they saw in the area. Early settlers in the area were workers in the smelters and refineries of Great Falls. Many of those settlers came from the Balkans and old-timers in Black Eagle still retain some of those old habits, customs and dialects.

Across the Missouri River from Black Eagle is the Black Eagle Falls Overlook, a pull-off on US Highway 87. The best views of the dam and waterfall, though, are to be had along the River's Edge Trail. Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge is about 12 miles north of Black Eagle.

Fast Facts about Black Eagle, Montana
Black Eagle, Cascade County, MT 59414
Census Designated Place
Elevation: 3,379'
Latitude: 47.5264°N
Longitude: 111.2785°W
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 89.3%
Hispanic: 3.8%
Native American: 1.3%
Asian: 1.1%
Two or more races: 4.6%
High School or Higher: 83.1%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 9.0%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 1.2%
2009 Estimates:
Population: 931
Males: 477
Females: 454
Median Resident Age: 38.4 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $25,200
Estimated Median Home Value: $98,200
Population Density: 601 People per Square Mile
2011 Cost of Living Index for Black Eagle: 86.4
Major Industries:
Lodging & Food Services, Waste Management Services, Construction, Health Care, Repair & Maintenance, Telecommunications, Educational Services, Personal & Laundry Services, Retail Services, Utilities, Automotive Services
Unemployed (March 2011): 6.9%
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