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5 Fun Facts About September 2 In Montana History

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1. Montana becomes a state: On September 2, 1889, Montana officially became the 41st state in the United States. The state's admission to the Union followed a long struggle for statehood by its citizens, who had been advocating for statehood since the 1860s.
2. The Battle of Crow Agency: On September 2, 1887, U.S. Army soldiers engaged in a battle with a group of Northern Cheyenne warriors in the vicinity of Crow Agency, Montana. The battle resulted in the deaths of several soldiers and Cheyenne warriors, and marked one of the final acts of resistance by Cheyenne warriors against U.S. military forces.
3. Massacre at Baker's Station: On September 2, 1864, a group of around 30 Sioux warriors attacked a wagon train of civilians passing through the Montana territory near Baker's Station. The attack resulted in the deaths of 14 people, including women and children. The massacre was one of several such incidents that occurred during the Sioux Wars of the 1860s.
4. Mining accidents: September 2 has been the site of several notable mining accidents in Montana history. In 1933, 73 miners were killed in a disaster at the Smith Mine near Bearcreek. In 1943, 74 miners were killed in an explosion at the Speculator Mine near Butte.
5. Lewis and Clark: On September 2, 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped at the mouth of the Judith River in what is now central Montana. The expedition, which was tasked with exploring the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase, spent several weeks in the area before continuing westward.
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