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5 Fun Facts About March 7 In Montana History

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1. On March 7, 1866, the Montana Territory was officially established by an act of Congress. This created a vast area that included what is now Montana, parts of North and South Dakota, and Wyoming.

2. In 1933, the town of Butte experienced a massive winter storm on March 7 that dumped over 23 inches of snow in just one day. This prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency and call in the National Guard to help clear the snow.

3. On March 7, 1968, the Montana Snowbowl ski resort officially opened near Missoula. This resort has since become a popular destination for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts in the state.

4. In 1988, the Montana State Legislature designated the state's first ever official state song on March 7 - "Montana" by Charles C. Cohan. This patriotic tune celebrates the natural beauty of the state and encourages Montanans to stand proud and strong.

5. Finally, on March 7, 2014, Montana made national news when a magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck near the town of Lincoln. This event was widely felt throughout the state and was one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded in the area. However, no major damage was reported.
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