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Which Western State was AK:
The Beginning Years: It is believed that People have inhabited Alaska several thousand years. in those ancient days, a natural land bridge extended from Siberia into eastern Alaska, and migrants followed herds of animals across that bridge. Those migrant groups consisted of Athabaskans, Unangan (Aleuts), Inuit, Yupiit (Yupik), Tlingit, and Haida descent. Alaska was a Russian colony from 1744 until the U.S. purchased it in the year 1867 for the sum of $7,200,000 and . In the year 1880, gold was discovered in Alaska near the Juneau. the latter portion of the 1800’s, a navy civilian administration was established in Alaska. In the year 1900, Juneau became the capital of the state. Valley in 1912 Alaska became the Alaska Territory.

More History: The state of Alaska produced half of the world’s canned tuna by the early 1900’s. When the Alaska Railroad was built between the years 1915 to 1923, with Anchorage as its base, new workers and merchants migrated into the area. The installation of military bases and defense industries in Alaska during World War II reshaped local economies. The territory of Alaska became a state on January 3, 1959.

Climate of Alaska: Alaska has a climate is known for its extremes, bearing short, mild summers and long, cold winters. Alaska’s climate varies by region and by season. The southwest area, including the Aleutians, has a subarctic oceanic climate, and the areas farther north has a continental subarctic climate. North of the Brooks Range, Alaska has a cold and dry, polar type climate with frequent winter blizzards. Alaska’s climate is influenced by its mountain ranges and its proximity location to the ocean. The greatest seasonal temperature contrast between seasons is found in the central and eastern portion of the continental interior, with average summer temperature being around 55°F to 65°F, and occasional spikes that can reach as high as 90°F. Interior winters are much colder, with temperatures ranging from 0°F to 25°F, and barely ever getting above freezing for the interim of the winter months. the northernmost city, Barrow, has temperatures that typically vary from -19°F to 47°F with extremes that range rarely below -36°F or above 60°F.

Video: courtesy of @timjanis on YouTubePeaceful Music, Relaxing Music, Instrumental Music, “Alaska” by Tim Janis

The Great Location of Alaska: The great state of Alaska is located connected to no other state in the United States. The first and most obvious extreme of Alaska is its extreme size, being the largest state in the U.S. (by far)–east to west being 2,400 miles in length; north to south being 1,420 miles in length; and a coastline that is 6,640 miles long! It is the also farthest northern state in the U.S., with part of the northern part of the state residing in the Arctic Circle. The Arctic circle is defined as the northernmost parallel demarcation line whereby the Sun never rises on the winter solace–meaning there are no daylight hours at any part of the day on December 21st. The further north you go on that winter day, the less twilight rises. The opposite is true in summer–near June 21st, in which there are no nighttime hours in a day. The Sun never goes down, and simply rotates from a high point of the day to a lower point, rotating in the sky like a large clock in the sky. Alaska is so large, the state is in two different time zones–the Alaskan time zone and the Aleutian-Hawaii time zone. Alaska is located with the Yukon Territory of Canada to the east, and between two different oceans, the Pacific Ocean to the south and the Arctic Ocean to the north. Alaska has the Bering Strait to the direct west, a channel of water so close to Russia that the part of Alaska called Little Diomede Island is just 2.4 miles away from Big Diomede Island, a part of Russia clearly visible from the U.S. One of the little known facts about Alaska is how close it truly is to Russia. Another of one of the many maximum difference aspects of Alaska, is the maximum record difference in time in the world contained on the side of the Bering you’re on–especially considering the Diomede Islands in particular. When it is noon on Monday at Little Diomede Island, it is 9 am Tuesday at Big Diomede Island and all of Kamchatka Russia.

Governor's Office being torn down to make way for new Capitol Building.

Governor’s Office being torn down to make way for new Capitol Building.
Photo courtesy of Photo Collection page – Alaska’s Digital Archives

Alaska’s Statehood Facts:

  • Date: 1/3/1959
  • Capital: Juneau
  • Population: 732,673 (2021)
  • Size: 665,400 square miles
  • Nickname: The Last Frontier
  • State Motto: North to the Future
  • Tree: Sitka Spruce
  • Flower: Forget-me-not (blue)
  • Bird: Willow Ptarmigans

The History:

Alaska Officially Adopted as a U.S. State, State Song, Admission Date & Alaska Flag
State Name Info
State Song
Capital Flag Image
49th State. Territory of Alaska
“Road to Alaska” by the Bee Gees
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See: Officially Adopted as a U.S. States, State Songs, Admission Dates & Flags at: National States And Capitals Day! – 2022 US State's Flags '22.jpg

Some Great Alaska Sites:  Here is a list of some some great places to visit while in Alaska:

  • Denali National Park & Preserve, Denali National Park and Preserve (#84 worldwide tourist attraction)
  • Glacier Bay National Park, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
  • Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau
  • Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward
  • Chugach State Park, Anchorage
  • Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Anchorage
  • Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward
  • Museum of the North UAF, Fairbanks
  • Sitka National Historic Park, Sitka
  • Alaska Inside Passage, Inside Passage
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, Copper Center
  • Iditarod National Historic Trail, Seward
  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, Skagway
  • Totem Bight State Historical Park, Ketchikan
  • Hubbard Glacier, Hubbard Glacier
  • Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Fairbanks
  • Alaska Railroad, Anchorage
  • Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, Fairbanks
  • Alaska Raptor Center, Sitka

Memorable Alaska Events:  Here is a list of some events that happened in Alaska:

  • 1728 – Danish explorer Vitus Bering discovers the Bering Strait.
  • 1741 – Vitus Bering returns and explores the Alaskan coastline.
  • 1776 – British explorer Captain James Cook makes contact with Alaskan natives while searching for the Northwest passage.
  • 1784 – The Russians establish a permanent settlement on Kodiak Island.
  • 1867 – Alaska is purchased from Russia by the United States for $7,200,000.
  • 1872 – Gold is discovered in Alaska.
  • 1897 – The Klondike Gold Rush begins. People rush to Alaska in hopes of striking it rich.
  • 1900 – Juneau becomes the capital of Alaska.
  • 1912 – Alaska becomes a U.S. territory.
  • 1942 – Two of the Aleutian Islands are captured by Japan. The U.S. retakes the islands in 1943.
  • 1959 – Alaska becomes a U.S. state.
  • 1964 – A huge earthquake hits Alaska destroying some cities and heavily damaging Anchorage.
  • 1977 – The Trans-Alaskan Pipeline is completed to help transport oil to the coastline. Over 16 billion barrels of oil have been shipped since its opening.


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