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5 Fun Facts About March 14 In Montana History

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1. Statehood Day - March 14th marks the day Montana became a state in 1889. This was after decades of territorial status and a long fight to secure statehood.

2. Founding of Bozeman - On March 14, 1864, Bozeman was founded by John Bozeman, who created a trail through the Bridger Mountains for travelers heading to Virginia City and the gold mines there. Today, Bozeman is a vibrant city with a thriving economy centered around Montana State University and outdoor recreation.

3. Blizzard of 1949 - On March 14, 1949, a powerful blizzard struck Montana, bringing snowdrifts as high as 20 feet and causing a state of emergency to be declared. The storm caused extensive damage and was one of the deadliest blizzards in Montana's history.

4. Frank Lloyd Wright's Birthday - American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born on March 14, 1867. Although Wright never designed a building in Montana, his influence on architecture can be seen throughout the state in the work of architects who were inspired by his unique style.

5. Western Montana Earthquake - On March 14, 2008, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck western Montana, causing damage to buildings and infrastructure. Although no one was killed or seriously injured, the quake was felt throughout the region and caused widespread concern about seismic activity in the area.
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