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To mark The Billings Gazette's 125th anniversary, we look back at news on this date from earlier editions of The Gazette and the frontier publications that merged to form the newspaper.

On Feb. 26:

In 1913: "Evidence that in ages past this section of Montana was the home of the mastodon was given today when J. A. Blummer brought to the city a portion of a rib which undoubtedly formed part of the skeleton of one of these huge beasts."

In 1938: "MILES CITY — The use of copper for the manufacture of Montana's 1939 automobile license plates was urged by members of the Southeastern Montana Counties association at their regular monthly meeting here. ... The use of copper, instead of tin as at present, would be an effective advertisement."

In 1986: "Red Lodge Mountain is preparing for the 20th annual Winter Karnival Krazee this weekend. Events begins Friday at 7 p.m. with 'Get Excited Night' at Snag Bar in downtown Red Lodge."

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