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It was on this day in 1944 that the Army Corps of Engineers and the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation reached an agreement on a Missouri Basin flood control project, known as the Pick-Sloan Plan, which led to the building of Garrison Dam. And on this date, in 1905, John Rooney was hanged at [...]
As one of his last acts as governor of Dakota Territory, A. C. Mellette would meet with Secretary L. B. Richardson and Chief Justice Bartlett Trip in Bismarck on October 17th to certify the fall election. Once that was completed, he would send a certified copy to President Benjamin Harrison along with a copy of [...]
In 1862 the United States Congress approved an act that authorized land grant colleges. Through this system, grants of public lands were made to states and territories. The purpose was to create at least one college dedicated to agriculture in each state and territory. In 1883 the Dakota Territorial Council passed a bill authorizing an [...]
On this date in 1918, American soldiers were in combat during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, which began September 26th and continued until the Armistice, November 11th. North Dakotan Wesley R. Johnson served among the U.S. troops. Johnson was one of North Dakota’s youngest soldiers in World War I, being just seventeen when he joined Company M [...]
Whitestone Hill was designated a State Historical Site in 1904. On this date in 1909, a crowd gathered at the top of the hill to commemorate a new monument. The monument was carved from Vermont granite. At the top of the tall column, a soldier forever stands with his bugle to his lips. The column [...]
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