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5 Fun Facts About September 26 In Montana History

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1. In 1908, the town of Great Falls experienced a devastating fire that destroyed much of its business district. The fire, which began on the morning of September 26th, raged for over 10 hours and caused an estimated $1.9 million in damage.

2. On September 26, 1910, a massive wildfire swept through over 3 million acres of forest in western Montana. Known as the Big Burn, the fire was one of the largest in US history and resulted in the deaths of 87 people, including 78 firefighters.

3. In 1938, the Montana State Capitol building in Helena was completed. The Art Deco-style building took over seven years to build and cost $2.8 million. It remains one of the most iconic buildings in the state to this day.

4. On September 26, 1980, Montana snowboarder Craig Kelly won the World Cup championship in halfpipe. Kelly is considered one of the most influential snowboarders of all time and helped to popularize the sport in the US.

5. In 2003, Montana became the first state to ban the use of cyanide in open-pit mining. The ban, which was passed by voter initiative, was aimed at reducing environmental damage caused by mining operations.
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