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Timeline: 1930s

By | Last Modified: November 13, 2017
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1930

  • Wachter School expands, adding three rooms and a gymnasium
  • Pioneer Park opens
  • State capitol is consumed by fire on December 28, started by spontaneous combustion from a collection of rags covered with turpentine and varnish
  • J.C. Penney builds a new store

1931

  • First commercial airplane lands in Bismarck
  • State-owned streetcar line is disestablished
  • Buttrey’s opens Bismarck store

1932

  • Ground is broken for new state capitol on August 13
  • Elk’s Swimming Pool is constructed, Bismarck’s first swimming pool

1933

1934

1935

  • New State Capitol is occupied (January)
  • New Bismarck High School building opens on September 10, and the junior high is moved into the former high school building.
  • Vantine Paint & Glass opens at 313 E Main Avenue

1937

1938

  • Bismarck Tribune wins Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles called “Self-Help in the Dustbowl”

1939

  • Bismarck Junior College is established, occupying the top floor of Bismarck High School
  • Piggly Wiggly opens in Bismarck (becomes SuperValu in 1949)
  • Speed limits implemented for first time in Bismarck, but only on certain streets – Main Avenue listed at 25 MPH between 9th & Washington Streets and range between 30 & 40 MPH between 12th & 26th Streets
  • First traffic signal is installed at 9th Street & Main Avenue

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