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5 Fun Facts About August 2 In Montana History

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1. Montana became a state on August 2, 1889. It was the 41st state to join the United States.

2. On August 2, 1904, the first train arrived at Glacier National Park via the Great Northern Railway. This marked the beginning of tourism in the park, which is now a popular destination for outdoor activities and scenic views.

3. August 2, 1923, marks the day when the Yellowstone River reached its highest recorded level in Billings, Montana. The river crested at 26.8 feet, causing severe flooding and damage to buildings and infrastructure.

4. On August 2, 1932, aviator Amelia Earhart made an emergency landing in a cow pasture near Glasgow, Montana, after encountering engine trouble during a flight across the country. The people of Glasgow welcomed her with open arms and helped repair her plane.

5. August 2, 1972, saw the opening of Montana's first state park, Lewis and Clark Caverns. The park features an extensive limestone cave system and is named after explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who visited the area during their journey to the Pacific Ocean.
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