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5 Fun Facts About March 6 In North Dakota History

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1. On March 6, 1900, North Dakota Governor Frank White signed a bill establishing the State Normal and Industrial School (now known as Valley City State University). The school was originally intended to provide teacher education and vocational training to North Dakotans.

2. The North Dakota State Capitol building, located in Bismarck, was officially dedicated on March 6, 1933. The building, which features a distinctive Art Deco style, took five years to construct and remains one of the state's most iconic landmarks.

3. March 6, 1957 marked the opening of the Garrison Dam on the Missouri River in central North Dakota. The dam, which is one of the largest earthen dams in the world, provides hydroelectric power and helps to control flooding in the area.

4. On March 6, 1976, North Dakota Governor Arthur A. Link signed a bill that created the North Dakota Department of Health. The department oversees public health programs and services across the state, including disease control, environmental health, and emergency preparedness.

5. March 6, 2017 was a historic day for North Dakota's oil industry, as the Dakota Access Pipeline began commercial operations. The controversial pipeline, which sparked protests and legal challenges, stretches 1,172 miles from North Dakota to Illinois, and has the capacity to transport up to 570,000 barrels of oil per day.
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