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5 Fun Facts About October 29 In Wyoming History

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1. Wyoming became a state.
October 29, 1890, marks the day when Wyoming officially became the 44th state in the United States. Prior to this, Wyoming was known as the Wyoming Territory and was established in 1868.

2. A deadly mining accident occurred.
On October 29, 1935, an explosion occurred in the Kemmerer Coal Company's Dempsey-Dumpsey mine near Kemmerer, Wyoming. The accident killed 28 miners and brought national attention to the poor safety conditions in the coal mining industry during that time.

3. A famous outlaw was released from prison.
On October 29, 1901, infamous outlaw Butch Cassidy was released from the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins after serving 18 months for stealing horses. After his release, he formed the Wild Bunch gang and continued his life of crime until his death in Bolivia.

4. Cheyenne's first radio station went on the air.
On October 29, 1922, Cheyenne's first radio station, KFBC, began broadcasting. It was owned by the Cheyenne Broadcasting Company and played a mix of music and news.

5. A new college was established.
On October 29, 1957, Casper College was officially established in Casper, Wyoming. The college began as a satellite campus of the University of Wyoming and offered two-year degrees. Today, Casper College is a fully accredited community college and serves over 4,000 students each year.
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