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5 Fun Facts About June 2 In Wyoming History

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1. On June 2, 1917, Fort Laramie National Historic Site was established in Goshen County. This site was once a prominent trading post and military fort during the mid-1800s, and is now a popular tourist destination for visitors to Wyoming.

2. In 1922, the first Wyoming high school state track meet was held on June 2 in Laramie. The event was attended by hundreds of high school athletes and became a beloved annual tradition.

3. On June 2, 1936, the town of Kemmerer was struck by a massive tornado, which destroyed several buildings and killed two people. The tornado was one of the strongest ever recorded in Wyoming, and is still remembered as one of the state's most devastating natural disasters.

4. In 1953, the University of Wyoming awarded its first Ph.D. degrees on June 2. The recipients were two mathematics students, and their success marked a major milestone in the university's academic history.

5. On June 2, 2014, a massive oil pipeline spill occurred near Glendive, Montana, just across the border from Wyoming. The spill released more than 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River, and resulted in widespread environmental damage that is still being felt today.
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