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5 Fun Facts About July 6 In Wyoming History

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1. In 1909, construction began on the Buffalo Bill Dam, which would ultimately create the Buffalo Bill Reservoir and provide irrigation water for thousands of acres of farmland in the Bighorn Basin.

2. In 1923, the University of Wyoming hired its first female professor, Dr. Agnes Wergeland, to teach French and German.

3. In 1937, pioneering aviatrix Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan took off from Lae, New Guinea in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. They were last seen flying over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, and their disappearance remains one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history.

4. In 1950, Wyoming became the first state in the nation to have a female governor, when Nellie Tayloe Ross was elected to serve out the term of her late husband.

5. In 2002, the nation's first commercial-scale wind farm came online in Carbon County, Wyoming. The Foote Creek Rim Wind Project consists of 68 wind turbines and can generate up to 41 megawatts of electricity.
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