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When Congress created Dakota Territory in 1861, its borders reached across the modern Dakotas into today’s Montana and Wyoming. The first person responsible for surveying these lands was George D. Hill. Hill was a large, jovial man who “loved alcohol” and served as surveyor general for the territory starting on this date in 1861 when […]
Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America. In the early 1990s, two such buildings related to the early medical history of Grand Forks were in serious need of preservation. The St. Michael’s Hospital and Nurses’ Residence consisted of two buildings connected […]
/media/dakotadatebook/2016/jun/29.mp3 On this date in 1926, final preparations were being made in Fargo for a royal visit. Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf and Crown Princess Louise of Sweden were scheduled to arrive the following day. The royal couple set out from Washington, D-C, receiving enthusiastic receptions as they traveled across the country. The Fargo committee in […]
Today is the birthday of filmmaker Angela Murray Gibson. Nobody is certain what year she was born, because she refused to reveal her age, and her tombstone reveals only the year she died – 1953. Best guess is that she was born in Scotland around 1878. During the Roaring ‘20s, American women gained independence and […]
There was a great deal of excitement in Jamestown on this date in 1922. It started when forty patients of the state mental institution went out for a supervised walk. The weather was lovely and everyone was enjoying themselves when a patient decided to strike out on his own. The unnamed patient left the group […]