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5 Fun Facts About September 3 In North Dakota History

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1. In 1883, the Northern Pacific Railroad line reached Wahpeton, making it the first city in Richland County to be connected to the transcontinental railroad. This opened up transportation and trade opportunities for the city and surrounding areas.

2. On September 3, 1943, the United States Army Air Forces established the Grafton Army Airfield in Grafton, North Dakota. The airfield was used for training bomber crews during World War II and served as a base for the 410th Bombardment Squadron.

3. In 1990, the North Dakota State University Bison football team played their first game at the Fargodome, defeating the University of Montana 38-21. The Fargodome has since become a popular venue for concerts, sporting events, and trade shows.

4. On September 3, 2006, the Miss North Dakota USA pageant was held in Fargo. Laura Harmon, a 20-year-old from Jamestown, was crowned the winner and went on to compete in the Miss USA pageant.

5. In 2013, the United States Postal Service issued a stamp commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act of 1862. The Homestead Act encouraged settlement of the American West by offering land grants to settlers. North Dakota was one of the states greatly affected by the act, with thousands of homesteaders coming to the state to claim land.
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