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5 Fun Facts About February 23 In Vermont History

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1. Vermont's First Railroad: February 23, 1843, marks the day Vermont established its first-ever railway, which served the thriving trade demand for timber, marble, and minerals during that time. The railway system was built from White River Junction to Boston.

2. Vermont's First Skyscraper: On February 23, 1894, the Equitable Building was built in Burlington, Vermont, which stands as the state's first skyscraper. The nine-story building still stands strong today, serving as a lodging establishment for the University of Vermont.

3. The Vermont Maple Festival: Vermont Maple Festival is held annually on the last weekend of April; however, February 23 marks the beginning of the tapping season. Maple tapping typically starts in late winter, around the end of February, as the night freezes start to thaw, and the daytime temperatures begin to rise above freezing levels.

4. The Vermont Historical Society Was Found On February 23: On February 23, 1838, a group of ten Vermonters met in the social parlor of the Vermont General Assembly to found the Vermont Historical Society. Over 180 years later today, the society stands out for its notable collections and historic preservation work.

5. Vermont Becomes a State: Last but not least, February 23, 1791, marks the day when Vermont became the 14th state in the United States, the first to challenge the thirteen colonies' sovereignty. Vermont earned its statehood following the ratification of the Constitution of Vermont by the residents of the Vermont Republic.
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