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5 Fun Facts About October 24 In North Dakota History

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1. The 1804 Lewis and Clark expedition camped along the Missouri River near present-day Bismarck, North Dakota on October 24. This was the first known recorded visit by non-indigenous people to the area.

2. In 1949, the North Dakota State College of Science was authorized to offer a four-year program, changing its name to the North Dakota State School of Science. This step helped establish NDSCS as a credible institution of higher education and helped to further develop the state's skilled workforce.

3. In 1915, the state's first hospital for mentally ill patients, the North Dakota State Hospital, opened its doors in Jamestown. Today, the facility serves as a psychiatric hospital and treatment center for residents of North Dakota and surrounding states.

4. On October 24, 1935, the dedication ceremony for the Peace Garden Highway (U.S. Highway 281) was held in Dunseith, North Dakota. The highway runs from the Canadian border to the southern U.S. border, passing through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country along the way.

5. The United Tribes Technical College was established on October 24, 1969. The college was founded to provide higher education and vocational training to Native Americans from the Great Plains region. Today, it is a tribally controlled community college that offers programs in areas such as health care, business, and environmental science.
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