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5 Fun Facts About November 26 In Wyoming History

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1. In 1868, the Treaty of Fort Laramie was signed on November 26th, between the United States and various Indian tribes. This treaty guaranteed that the Black Hills in South Dakota would be reserved for the Sioux Nation and protected from white settlers.

2. The first Thanksgiving football game in Wyoming was played on November 26, 1893, between the University of Wyoming and Colorado College. Wyoming won with a score of 10-0.

3. In 1924, a massive winter storm hit the Powder River Basin on November 26th, causing snowdrifts up to 30 feet high and shutting down railroads and highways for weeks. This was known as the "Thanksgiving Blizzard" and is still remembered as one of the worst storms in Wyoming's history.

4. On November 26, 1949, the University of Wyoming football team defeated Brigham Young University 37-7 in Laramie, Wyoming. This win secured Wyoming's first-ever invitation to a bowl game, specifically the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida.

5. In 1988, the controversial "Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Act" was passed on November 26th, which allowed portions of the former chemical weapons facility in Denver to be converted into a wildlife refuge. Today, the refuge provides habitat for over 330 species of animals and is open to the public for tours and education.
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