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5 Fun Facts About February 19 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1976, the town of Kenmare celebrated its centennial with a week-long celebration that included a pageant, parade, and other festivities. Kenmare was founded on February 19, 1876, by settlers who named the town after a railroad engineer.

2. On February 19, 1938, the Dakota Zoo opened to the public in Bismarck. Originally named the "Bismarck Municipal Zoo," the facility was established to provide the public with an opportunity to see and learn about local and exotic wildlife.

3. In 1959, the Peace Garden State Games were established in North Dakota. The annual event brings together athletes from across the state to compete in a variety of sports and promotes fitness, teamwork, and healthy competition.

4. On February 19, 1864, Dakota Territory was established by an act of Congress. The new territory included present-day North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming, and was carved out of the former Nebraska Territory.

5. In 1887, the first train arrived in the town of Wimbledon, North Dakota. The town was founded as a result of the railroad, and the arrival of the first train marked an important milestone in the history of the community. Today, Wimbledon is known for its annual Threshing Show, which celebrates North Dakota's agricultural heritage.
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