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5 Fun Facts About May 7 In Wyoming History

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1. On May 7, 1869, the Union Pacific Railroad was completed in Wyoming. This event marked the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States, connecting the eastern and western coasts of the country.

2. In 1926, a tornado struck the town of Basin, Wyoming on May 7, causing significant damage and killing 9 people. This event remains one of the deadliest tornadoes in Wyoming history.

3. May 7, 1935 marked the beginning of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) archaeological excavations at the Medicine Lodge Archaeological Site in Wyoming. This site contains a large collection of Native American rock art and artifacts.

4. On May 7, 1958, the USS Wyoming (SSBN-742) was commissioned as a ballistic missile submarine in the United States Navy. This submarine was named after the state of Wyoming.

5. In 1983, May 7 was designated as "Wyoming Heritage Day" by the Wyoming Legislature. This day is intended to celebrate and honor the history, culture, and traditions of Wyoming and its people.
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