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5 Fun Facts About May 8 In Wyoming History

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1. In 1958, a massive wildfire broke out in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. It burned over 160,000 acres and was one of the largest fires in the state's history.

2. In 1869, Cheyenne became the capital of Wyoming. The city had been chosen as the seat of government for its central location and access to the Union Pacific Railroad.

3. In 1972, a severe thunderstorm hit Laramie, Wyoming and dropped up to 6 inches of rain in just a few hours. The ensuing flood caused extensive damage to the city and killed three people.

4. On May 8, 1934, the infamous gangster John Dillinger and his gang robbed the bank in Cheyenne, Wyoming. They made off with over $20,000 in cash and securities before fleeing the state.

5. The first horse racing track in Wyoming opened on May 8, 1901, in Douglas. The track was a half-mile oval and was home to both thoroughbred and harness racing events.
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