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5 Fun Facts About July 29 In Montana History

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1. In 1806, Lewis and Clark passed through what is now Montana on their return journey from the Pacific. They camped near the mouth of the Judith River on July 29, and observed a large herd of bison.

2. In 1870, the first recorded ascent of Granite Peak was made by a party of three men. At 12,807 feet, Granite Peak is the highest peak in Montana.

3. In 1890, the first issue of The Montana Standard was published in Butte. The newspaper is still in circulation today, and is one of the oldest continuously published newspapers in the state.

4. In 1923, the Yellowstone Trail Association was formed in Billings. The association worked to promote tourism along the historic Yellowstone Trail, which ran from Boston to Seattle.

5. In 1985, the Rainbow Family of Living Light held their national gathering in the Bitterroot National Forest. The gathering, which drew thousands of people, was notable for its commitment to environmentalism and communal living.
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