Alaska

FACTS

Delayed by the Civil War, Alaska was finally purchased from Russia in 1867 for

$7.2 million

Alaska has one of the lowest individual tax burden in the U.S.

 

Juneau,

the state's capital,

is not accessible

by road!

 

Alaska's Interior in the summer can reach over 90F, but in the winter has dropped lower than -60F

BELOW ZERO!

'Alaska Day' is a state holiday on Oct 18th to commemorate the  official transfer of the territory from Russia to the U.S. on

Oct 18, 1867

Military members in Alaska are considered 'overseas' and receive the same benefits as overseas military personnel stationed in other countries

Alaska became the 49th state on January  3rd, 1959

Alaska has

3 1/2 million lakes that are each 20+ acres in size

Highest point - Denali (Mt McKinley) at 20,320 ft

Amount of daylight:

Anchorage 

June--19 ½  hrs / Dec -- 5½ hrs

Fairbanks 

 June--nearly 22 hrs / Dec--3½ hrs

Nearly one MILLION carribou roam the Alaska tundra

With 663,268 sq. miles, Alaska is

2.3 times the size of Texas
-or-
1/5 the total size of

the U.S.

There is roughly 1 bear for every 20 humans in Alaska!

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The Alaska flag was designed in 1927 by a 7th grader from Seward, in response to a territory-wide competition sponsored by the American Legion. With stiff competition of grades 7-12 throughout the Alaska Territory, Benny Benson chose the Big Dipper (symoblizing strength) the North Star (for what would eventually become the northernmost state) on a backdrop of blue (representing the beautiful Alaksa sky and the state flower--the forget-me-not).

Benny won $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. for his creativity and Alaska flew it's flag for the first time in 1927, after not having a flag for roughly 60 yrs.

Alaska has more coastline than that of he Lower 48 states, combined!

There are NO SNAKES in Alaska.

(now now, lets keep politics out of this, okay?!)

 

State Symbols:

 

mineral -- gold
flower -- forget-me-not
gem -- jade
fish -- king salmon
tree -- sitka spruce
bird -- willow ptarmigan
sport - dog mushing
land mammal -- moose