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5 Fun Facts About March 29 In Iowa History

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1. On March 29, 1864, the Iowa 13th Infantry Regiment, which was made up of soldiers from across the state, participated in the Battle of Paducah in Kentucky during the Civil War. The regiment helped to repel an attack by Confederate forces and played a key role in protecting the important supply and communication lines between the North and South.

2. March 29, 1879, was a day of great excitement in Des Moines as the city hosted its first-ever baseball game. The Des Moines Hawkeyes defeated a team from Oskaloosa by a score of 12-8 in front of a large crowd at the city's Fairgrounds Park.

3. In 1926, on March 29, groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the new Iowa State Teachers College (now known as the University of Northern Iowa) in Cedar Falls. The campus was designed by noted architect Charles A. Dieman and included several impressive buildings, including Gilchrist Hall, which remains one of the largest dormitories in the United States.

4. March 29, 1945, was a sad day for the people of Sioux City, as one of the city's most famous landmarks, the Pierce Street Viaduct, was destroyed by a fire. The viaduct, which had been built in 1912, was a vital transportation link between the city's east and west sides, and its loss was felt deeply by many in the community.

5. On March 29, 1986, legendary Iowa football coach Hayden Fry was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Fry, who had led the Hawkeyes to three Big Ten championships and three Rose Bowl appearances during his tenure, was recognized for his contributions to the sport and for his impact on the lives of countless student-athletes.
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