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Juneau, Alaska

Alaska Facts

Alaska Facts

Alaska was the forty-ninth state admitted to the union. Alaska is the largest state—it’s more than twice the size of Texas.

The land mass of Alaska makes up one-fifth of the continental United States, and was purchased from Russia for $7,200,000. That’s about two cents per acre!

The Alaska Native population includes Eskimos, Indians, and Aleuts. The state’s name originated from an Aleut word meaning “great land” or “that which the sea breaks against.” Alaska residents are known as Alaskans.

Famous people from Alaska include singer and songwriter Jewel Kilcher, Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, champion snowmobile racer Todd Palin, major league baseball outfielder Randy Kutcher, actress Michelle Johnson, classical music composer John Luther Adams, and Benny Benson, who designed the Alaskan flag in 1927 when he was a 13-year-old student.

Alaska State Capitol
120 4th Street, Juneau, AK 99801

Valdez, Alaska Poster

Moose Drinking at Lake in a Vintage Travel Poster Style

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The Trans-Alaska Pipeline conveys crude oil from Prudhoe Bay in northern Alaska to a terminal in Valdez, the nearest ice-free port. The pipeline is one of the largest in the world, covering a distance of 800 miles. The oil is then loaded onto tanker ships for transport. Valdez is also a premier fishing destination. Its waters are stocked with salmon, rockfish, lingcod, and some of the best halibut in the world. Considered one of the prettiest places in Alaska, Valdez is home to many natural wonders that attract tourists and winter sports enthusiasts year round.

Alaska State Symbols

State Bird Willow Ptarmigan and State Flower Forget-Me-Not
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Where is Alaska?

You won’t find Alaska on this United States map. That’s because Alaska is not part of “The Lower 48,” a nickname for the adjoining U.S. states. Alaska is located on the North American continent and is bordered by the Canadian provinces of Yukon Territory and British Columbia to the east. Alaska also shares a maritime border with Russia to the west. Measuring an impressive 6,640 miles, Alaska’s coastline is longer than all the other U.S. states combined! Alaska borders several major water bodies, including the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean to the south and southwest, the Bering Sea, Bering Strait, and Chukchi Sea to the west, and the Arctic Ocean to the north.

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Alaska State Motto
North to the Future

Iditarod, Alaska Wall Art

Dog Sledding Scene in a Vintage Travel Poster Style

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The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race takes place in early March, covering territory from Anchorage to Nome. The race is the most popular sporting event in Alaska, though it has drawn competitors from 14 countries. Top mushers and their teams of sled dogs enjoy celebrity status in Alaska. The race is named for the Iditarod Trail, which was designated as one of the first four National Historic Trails in 1978.

Alaska State Quarter

Many Alaska facts are shared on the U.S. Mint’s collectible state quarter.

Images: A large grizzly bear emerging from the water with a salmon (the state fish) in its jaw, the north star, “The Great Land” inscription, year of statehood (1959), year coin was minted (2008), E Pluribus Unum (motto from the Great Seal of the United States)

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Entered Union: January 3, 1959
Rank: 49

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Alaska State Nickname
The Last Frontier

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