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5 Fun Facts About December 24 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1883, the Northern Pacific Railroad completed their line through North Dakota. This allowed for easier transportation and communication throughout the state and helped stimulate growth and development.

2. In 1889, North Dakota was admitted to the Union as the 39th state. December 24, 1889 marked the official date of statehood for North Dakota.

3. In 1935, the town of Minot experienced a devastating train derailment on December 24. The accident resulted in multiple fatalities and is considered to be one of the worst train disasters in North Dakota history.

4. In 1955, a massive snowstorm struck North Dakota on December 24, causing widespread power outages and travel disruptions. The storm was so severe that it made national headlines and is still remembered by many North Dakotans today.

5. In 2012, the United States Postal Service released a new Christmas stamp featuring a classic image of Santa Claus on December 24. The stamp was designed by artist Bradbury Thompson, a native of South Dakota who also spent time in North Dakota during his career.
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