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5 Fun Facts About July 24 In Wyoming History

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1. In 1866, Wyoming's oldest standing structure, the Fort Laramie barracks, was burned down by Native Americans during the Red Cloud War. The post continued to be used for other purposes until it was abandoned in 1890.

2. In 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state in the United States. It was the first state to grant women the right to vote, serve on juries, and hold public office.

3. In 1938, Amelia Earhart made her last radio transmission while attempting to fly around the world with her navigator, Fred Noonan. Their plane disappeared without a trace and their fate remains a mystery to this day. The last known location of the plane was near Howland Island, which is part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

4. In 1950, the town of Rock Springs was hit by a severe thunderstorm that caused widespread flooding and forced thousands of people to flee their homes. The town's mayor declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard to help with the cleanup and relief efforts.

5. In 1985, the iconic Wyoming bucking horse and rider logo was designed by artist Allen T. True. The design was chosen by the Wyoming State Legislature to be the official symbol of the state and is used on everything from license plates to state government letterheads.
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