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5 Fun Facts About December 15 In Minnesota History

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1. In 1851, the Treaty of Mendota was signed between the U.S. government and the Dakota people, ceding the majority of Dakota land in Minnesota to the government and clearing the way for settlers to move in.

2. The largest snowstorm in Minnesota history began on December 15, 1990, dumping a record 36 inches of snow on the Twin Cities over the course of two days.

3. In 1913, the Ford Motor Company opened its first assembly plant outside of Michigan in St. Paul, Minnesota. The plant produced Model Ts and A's until it closed in 1958.

4. On December 15, 1967, the famous Foshay Tower in downtown Minneapolis was sold for $4 million, less than a third of its original cost. The tower, which was built during the Great Depression and inspired by the Washington Monument, is now a hotel and event space.

5. In 1973, the Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington (which previously hosted the Minnesota Twins and Vikings) was the site of the last rock concert by The Who with their original lineup. The concert was dubbed "The Big Splash" due to the heavy rain that fell during the show.
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