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5 Fun Facts About March 29 In Montana History

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1. In 1860, the first newspaper in Montana, the Montana Post, was published in Virginia City for the first time on March 29th. The paper was published by Thomas Dimsdale and was focused on news and events in Virginia City.

2. The Montana State Capitol building, located in Helena, was dedicated on March 29, 1902. The building, which features a classical revival style, was designed by Charles E. Bell and features a copper dome that towers 165 feet above the city.

3. On March 29, 1931, Montana Governor John E. Erickson signed a bill that made Montana the first state in the nation to establish a permanent game farm. The game farm, which was located near Miles City, was created to provide a place where wildlife could live and be protected from hunting.

4. The largest earthquake ever recorded in Montana occurred on March 29, 1964. The earthquake, which had a magnitude of 5.1, was centered near the town of Dillon and was felt throughout the state.

5. In 2016, the town of Ekalaka celebrated the opening of the Carter County Museum's new Paleontology Center on March 29th. The center houses one of the largest collections of dinosaur fossils in the state and has become a popular destination for visitors to the area.
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