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5 Fun Facts About March 24 In Minnesota History

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1. On March 24, 1857, the Minnesota Senate approved a bill that established the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The bill allocated land for the university's campus and provided funding for its construction.

2. In 1870, the first railroad bridge over the Mississippi River was completed in Minneapolis. The bridge carried trains for the Milwaukee Road and was a crucial link in the transportation network that allowed Minnesota's agricultural products to reach markets across the country.

3. On March 24, 1892, the state of Minnesota passed a law that created the Minnesota Historical Society. The society is responsible for collecting and preserving artifacts, documents, and other materials related to the history of Minnesota and promoting public understanding and appreciation of the state's heritage.

4. In 1958, the Duluth Air Force Base was renamed the Duluth International Airport. The airport is now the third-busiest in the state and serves as a critical hub for travelers and cargo moving in and out of Minnesota.

5. March 24, 1986, was a significant day for Minnesota's transportation infrastructure as construction began on the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. The bridge would stand for over 40 years before collapsing in 2007, tragically killing 13 people and injuring over 140 others.
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