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5 Fun Facts About January 10 In Montana History

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1. In 1983, Montana's first female governor, Judy Martz, was born in Big Timber, Montana. She served as the state's governor from 2001 to 2005.

2. On January 10, 1863, a group of prospectors discovered gold in Helena, Montana, which sparked a gold rush in the area. This led to the growth and development of Helena as a mining town.

3. In 1944, the town of Ekalaka, Montana experienced a rare meteorological phenomenon known as a "sun dog." This occurs when sunlight passes through ice crystals in the atmosphere, creating a halo or bright spot around the sun.

4. On January 10, 1930, the Warm Springs State Hospital in Deer Lodge, Montana opened to treat patients with mental illness. The facility was in operation until 2002 when it was closed due to state budget cuts.

5. In 1975, Montana's first female mayor, Dorothy Bradley, was elected in Missoula, Montana. She served as mayor until 1986 and was a strong advocate for environmental conservation and human rights.
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