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5 Fun Facts About December 23 In Montana History

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1. In 1805, the Lewis and Clark expedition spent the winter near present-day Fort Benton, Montana. On December 23, Captain Meriwether Lewis carved his name into a tree to mark the site of their camp.

2. In 1883, the first train arrived in the town of Livingston, bringing with it new opportunities for commerce and growth in the area.

3. On December 23, 1954, the Montana State University Bobcats won their first bowl game by defeating the East Texas State Lions in the Refrigerator Bowl.

4. In 1975, the Homestake Mining Company struck gold in the town of Pony, Montana. The discovery kicked off a gold rush in the area and led to the establishment of several new mining operations.

5. Montana native and famed rodeo cowboy Dan Mortensen was born on December 23, 1967. Mortensen went on to win seven world championships in bull riding and was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2008.
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