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5 Fun Facts About August 1 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1907, the Bank of North Dakota was established under Governor John Burke, becoming the first state-owned bank in the United States. The bank was created to promote agriculture, commerce, and industry within the state.

2. August 1, 1956 marked the dedication of the Garrison Dam on the Missouri River. This dam was the largest earthen dam in the world at the time, and it created Lake Sakakawea, a major source of hydroelectric power and recreation for North Dakota.

3. On August 1, 1859, Dakota Territory was established by an act of Congress. This territory included present-day North Dakota, South Dakota, and parts of Montana and Wyoming. Dakota Territory was divided into two separate territories in 1889, and North Dakota became a state in 1889.

4. Fargo experienced a major tornado outbreak on August 1, 1961. The outbreak included five tornadoes, which caused significant damage and left one person dead. The event influenced the development of tornado warning systems and tornado shelters in the region.

5. The Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived in what is now North Dakota on August 1, 1804. They reached the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers, where they stayed for several weeks and encountered several indigenous groups. Lewis and Clark's journey through the state is commemorated through the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
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