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5 Fun Facts About January 29 In Montana History

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1. In 1867, Fort Shaw was established in Montana Territory. It served as a military post during the Indian Wars and was later a boarding school for Native American children.

2. On January 29, 1914, the town of Roundup experienced a devastating fire that burned down most of its business district. The cause of the fire is unknown, but it is believed to have started in the local meat market.

3. Montana's first female Lieutenant Governor, Judy Martz, was born on January 29, 1943. She served from 1997-2001 and was the first female politician in Montana to hold statewide office.

4. In 1958, the Flathead Beacon newspaper published its first edition on January 29. The newspaper serves the Flathead Valley in northwest Montana and covers local news, events, and sports.

5. The National Bison Range was established on January 29, 1908, by President Theodore Roosevelt. Located in the Mission Valley, the range was created to protect the dwindling population of bison in the United States. Today, the range is still home to hundreds of bison, as well as elk, deer, and other wildlife.
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