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5 Fun Facts About January 11 In Montana History

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1) On January 11, 1865, Montana Territory Governor Sidney Edgerton signed a bill creating the Montana Historical Society, which still exists today. It is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of Montana and the surrounding region.

2) On January 11, 1922, the town of Butte experienced one of the deadliest snowslides in American history. The avalanche killed 86 people and destroyed many homes and businesses in the area.

3) In 1935, the Montana State Capitol building in Helena was completed on January 11, after several years of construction. The building is made of sandstone and features a distinctive copper dome.

4) On January 11, 1964, the Anaconda Smelter Stack in Anaconda, Montana was demolished, marking the end of an era in the town's history. At 585 feet tall, it had been one of the tallest free-standing masonry structures in the world.

5) On January 11, 1995, Montana State University in Bozeman installed a new supercomputer, the Fujitsu Numerical Wind Tunnel, which was used for research in fluid dynamics and other scientific fields. It was one of the fastest computers of its time, with a processing speed of over 1 trillion calculations per second.
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