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5 Fun Facts About October 14 In Wyoming History

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1. In 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state to join the United States. The state played a significant role in the women's suffrage movement and was the first state to grant women the right to vote in 1869.

2. October 14 is also known as National Fossil Day in the United States. Wyoming is rich in fossil resources, particularly dinosaurs. The state's renowned dinosaur sites include the Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis and the Fossil Butte National Monument.

3. The 14th of October is also the anniversary of the one of the seminal moments in Wyoming's Wild West history. In 1889, a shootout between two cattle rustlers occurred in the small town of Sundance, Wyoming. The incident gave rise to the story of the infamous outlaw, the Sundance Kid.

4. On October 14, 1965, an eight-car pile-up occurred on I-80 in Wyoming. It was one of the worst accidents in the highway's history and resulted in 17 fatalities, making it one of the deadliest motor vehicle accidents in Wyoming history.

5. In 1915, Wyoming's Devils Tower was declared the first national monument in the United States by President Theodore Roosevelt. The tower is a sacred Native American site and is world-renowned for its unique geological formation.
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