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5 Fun Facts About August 26 In Montana History

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1. On August 26, 1870, William Wallace Cleverly arrived in Helena, Montana, becoming the first Jewish settler in the territory. Cleverly went on to become a prominent businessman and civic leader in Helena.

2. The Montana State Fair was first held on August 26, 1895, in Helena. The annual event has since been held in several locations throughout the state and remains a popular tradition for Montanans each summer.

3. On August 26, 1904, the first automobile race in Montana took place in Helena. The race covered a distance of eight miles and was won by local driver Frank Beiden.

4. The first legal execution in Montana took place on August 26, 1875, in Virginia City. A man named George A. Nugent was hanged for the murder of Charles Crawford.

5. Montana's first National Park, Yellowstone, was created on August 26, 1872. The park spans over 2 million acres and is home to a variety of unique geological features, including geysers, hot springs, and mud pots. It also boasts a diverse array of wildlife, including wolves, grizzly bears, and bison.
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