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5 Fun Facts About March 31 In Montana History

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1. In 1881, Helena, Montana was incorporated as a city. Helena is the capital city of Montana and is known for its gold rush history.

2. In 1927, Glacier National Park began construction on the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road. The road spans 50 miles through the park and offers stunning views of glaciers, mountains, waterfalls, and wildlife.

3. In 1938, the University of Montana's mascot, Monte the Grizzly Bear, made his first appearance at a university event. Monte is now a beloved symbol of the university.

4. In 1973, a large earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale hit the Yellowstone National Park region. While there was no significant damage or injuries, it was one of the stronger earthquakes to hit the area.

5. In 2010, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the state. Montana was one of several states to legalize medical marijuana in the early 2010s. However, in 2021, the Montana legislature passed a bill severely restricting the use of medical marijuana.
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