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5 Fun Facts About September 9 In Montana History

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1. On September 9, 1932, the Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier Park caught fire and burned to the ground. The lodge had been a popular tourist destination and was known for its large wooden exterior and unique architecture.

2. In 1951, the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge experienced a riot that lasted for four days. The riot was sparked by poor living conditions and overcrowding in the prison. After several days of chaos, the National Guard was called in to restore order.

3. Montana's first governor, Sidney Edgerton, was born on September 9, 1818, in Cazenovia, New York. Edgerton served as governor from 1869-1870 and is known for his support of women's suffrage and efforts to establish the University of Montana.

4. The city of Missoula was established on September 9, 1860, when a group of gold miners discovered gold at nearby Frenchtown. The discovery led to a gold rush in the area and the establishment of several mining towns, including Missoula.

5. On September 9, 1919, a group of Montana soldiers returning home from World War I were killed in a train accident near Hammond. The soldiers had been on their way back from Camp Lewis in Washington state when their train collided with a freight train. The accident was one of the deadliest train wrecks in Montana history.
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