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5 Fun Facts About July 25 In North Dakota History

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1. On July 25, 1889, the first train to cross the newly completed Northern Pacific Railroad Bridge in Bismarck, ND made its maiden voyage. The bridge, which spans the Missouri River, was a major feat of engineering and greatly aided the transportation of goods and people across the region.

2. In 1965, on July 25, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act, which established programs and services to support the elderly. Today, the law still provides funding for important services such as meal delivery, caregiver support, and community centers.

3. July 25, 1898 marks the birthdate of author Frank B. Linderman, who wrote extensively about the history and culture of the American West. His most famous work, "Indian Why Stories", collected and preserved traditional Native American folk tales for future generations.

4. On July 25, 1969, the town of Minot, ND experienced a devastating flood that displaced thousands of residents and caused millions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses. The event remains one of the most significant natural disasters in the state's history.

5. The North Dakota State Fair, held annually in Minot, typically begins in late July and runs for nine days. The fair showcases the best of North Dakota agriculture, food, and culture, and draws visitors from across the state and beyond. In 2020, the fair was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organizers plan to bring it back in 2021.
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