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5 Fun Facts About June 29 In Wyoming History

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1. In 1889, Wyoming became the 44th state of the United States of America. Before its statehood, Wyoming was a territory and served as a haven for outlaws and those seeking a fresh start.

2. The Jackson Hole Land Exchange Act was signed into law on June 29, 1996. The act allowed for the exchange of federal land located in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway for other lands that would be used for conservation purposes.

3. On June 29, 1906, a severe hailstorm hit Cheyenne, Wyoming. The hailstones were reported to be the size of baseballs and caused significant damage to buildings and crops. One person was even killed by the hailstones.

4. The USS Wyoming, a United States Navy battleship, was commissioned on June 29, 1912. The ship was the lead ship in her class and served in both World War I and World War II before being decommissioned in 1947.

5. On June 29, 1970, the first ever Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo Queen was crowned. The Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo is the largest outdoor rodeo in America and has been a tradition in Wyoming since 1897. The rodeo queen and her court represent the event throughout the year at various functions and rodeos.
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