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5 Fun Facts About January 28 In Montana History

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1. On January 28, 1865, a battle took place near the Tongue River in southeastern Montana between the United States Army and a band of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. Known as the Battle of Tongue River, it was one of the last major conflicts of the Indian Wars in Montana.

2. In 1904, the first successful ascent of Granite Peak, the highest mountain in Montana, was made on January 28 by a party of climbers led by Elers Koch.

3. On January 28, 1929, Montana Governor John E. Erickson signed into law a bill establishing the Montana Highway Patrol. The patrol's primary mission was to enforce traffic laws and promote highway safety throughout the state.

4. In 1959, the Dakota Queen II, a private plane carrying six people, crashed in the Custer National Forest on January 28. Despite a massive search effort, the wreckage and the bodies of the passengers were not found until the following June.

5. On January 28, 1983, the Anaconda Smelter Stack, a 585-foot-tall smokestack in Anaconda, Montana, was demolished. The stack had been a landmark in Montana since its construction in 1919, but had become obsolete with the decline of the mining industry. Its demolition marked the end of an era in Montana's history.
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