Thursday, June 4, 2015
Minot 75th Birthday – 1961 –
In 1961, the state was celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Dakota Territories and Minot was celebrating its 75th Anniversary. Jubilee week for the 75th Anniversary of Minot was scheduled for the week of August 27 thru September 3, 1961. The week long festival was to include parades, historical displays, talent show, beard contest, fireworks, religious services, car racing and the historic spectacle – “Jim Hill to Jets”. This 90 minute play was presented at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds on a 300 foot stage. It showed the development of Minot from its early days to 1961. From the time of railroad pioneer, Jim Hill, to the huge Minot Air Force Base. The presentation consisted of 22 scenes about the history of Minot.