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5 Fun Facts About October 26 In Iowa History

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October 26 may not seem like a significant date in Iowa history, but there are still a few interesting events that have taken place on this day. Here are five of them:

1. The first Girl Scout troop in Iowa was formed on October 26, 1917 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The troop included 18 girls and was led by Helen Ralston.

2. The Iowa State Capitol building was officially dedicated on October 26, 1884. Iowa Governor Buren R. Sherman gave the dedication speech, and the event was celebrated with a grand ball attended by over 2,000 people.

3. On October 26, 1905, the first interurban electric railway in Iowa began operation between Cedar Rapids and Marion. The railway was later extended to other cities in Iowa, and played an important role in transportation throughout the state.

4. October 26, 1936 saw the opening of the Living History Farms museum in Urbandale, Iowa. The museum features interactive exhibits and programs that showcase the history of agriculture and rural life in Iowa.

5. On October 26, 1957, the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football team defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish by a score of 21-7. The game was played at Iowa Stadium (now known as Kinnick Stadium) in Iowa City and was notable for being the first time the Hawkeyes had defeated Notre Dame in football.
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