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5 Fun Facts About August 17 In Vermont History

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1. On August 17, 1792, Vermont became the 14th state to join the United States. After years of fighting for statehood, Vermont officially declared itself a state on this day.

2. The town of Stowe, Vermont was officially incorporated on August 17, 1763. Known for its beautiful mountain scenery and skiing, Stowe is one of Vermont's most popular tourist destinations.

3. On August 17, 1870, the Vermont Central Railroad began service from White River Junction to Bethel, Vermont. This railroad helped connect rural areas of Vermont to larger cities and markets.

4. Vermont author Katherine Paterson was born on August 17, 1932. Paterson is known for her award-winning children's books, including "Bridge to Terabithia" and "Jacob Have I Loved."

5. The first Women's Day in the United States was celebrated in Barre, Vermont on August 17, 1908. Thousands of women from across the state gathered to demand better working conditions and the right to vote. This event inspired similar rallies and marches across the country.
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