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5 Fun Facts About August 6 In Montana History

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1. On August 6, 1962, the largest earthquake ever recorded in Montana's history occurred near the town of West Yellowstone. The earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.5, caused significant landslides and property damage in the area.

2. Montana became the 41st state in the United States on August 6, 1889. The state's name comes from the Spanish word for "mountainous," and it is home to several prominent mountain ranges, including the Rocky Mountains and the Bitterroot Mountains.

3. On August 6, 1805, the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through what is now Montana on their journey to the Pacific Ocean. The explorers encountered several Native American tribes in the area, including the Shoshone and the Flathead.

4. August 6, 1970, marked the opening of the Montana State Fair in Great Falls. The fair has been a popular event in Montana for over 100 years, featuring carnival rides, food stands, and agricultural exhibitions.

5. In 2018, August 6 was declared Ed Kemmick Day in Billings, Montana. Kemmick is a well-known journalist in the area, having worked for several local newspapers and publications over the years. The proclamation recognized his contributions to the community and his dedication to journalism.
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