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5 Fun Facts About March 27 In North Dakota History

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1. Statehood: On March 27, 1889, President Benjamin Harrison signed the Enabling Act, which allowed North Dakota to draft a constitution and formally apply for statehood. North Dakota became the 39th state on November 2, 1889.

2. Floods: In 2009, the Red River flooded to record levels in Fargo and surrounding areas. March 27 marked the day the river crested at 40.84 feet, nearly 22 feet above flood stage.

3. Oil Boom: North Dakota's recent oil boom has had a significant impact on the state's economy. On March 27, 2012, the state set a new record for oil production with 575,490 barrels per day.

4. Lewis and Clark: Explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark passed through what is now North Dakota on their famous expedition in 1804-1806. On March 27, 1805, the expedition camped at the mouth of the Knife River.

5. Theodore Roosevelt: While president, Theodore Roosevelt made several visits to North Dakota to go hunting and seek solitude. On March 27, 1907, he visited the town of Mandan and spoke to a crowd of about 4,000 people.
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