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http://www.beacon.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=2306nnIn 2002, Texas journalist Brad Tyer strapped a canoe on his truck and moved to Montana, a state that has long exerted a mythic pull on America's imagination as an unspoiled landscape.
The son of an engineer who reclaimed wastewater, Tyer was looking for a pristine river to call his own.
What he found instead was a century's worth of industrial poison clotting the Clark Fork River, a decades-long engineering project to clean it up, and a forgotten town named Opportunity.
nnAt the turn of the nineteenth century, Montana exploited the richest copper deposits in the world, fueling the electric growth of twentieth-century America and building some of the nation's most outlandish fortunes.
The toxic byproduct of those fortunes-what didn't spill into the river-was dumped in Opportunity.
nnIn the twenty-first century, Montana's draw is no longer metal, but landscape: the blue-ribbon trout streams and unspoiled wilderness of the nation's "l