Today is Alaska Day

"The Last Frontier" –

The name Alaska is derived from the Aleut word "Alyeska," meaning
"great land."

STATE CAPITAL 
Juneau, located in the southeast region of Alaska, has a population of 30,684. 

Click here for more information from the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau. Please note that this is a visitor-oriented link, not a research site. Also, find interesting stuff at the Capital City Homepage. Get the flavor of the city by visiting http://www.juneau.com/.

OFFICIAL STATE HOLIDAYS
Seward's Day Last Monday in March Seward's Day commemorates the signing of the treaty by which the United States bought Alaska from Russia, signed on March 30, 1867.
Alaska Day October 18 Alaska Day is the anniversary of the formal transfer of the territory and the raising of the US. flag at Sitka on October 18, 1867.
     
STATE SEAL
 

 

The state seal was originally designed in 1910 while Alaska was a territory and not a state. The rays above the mountains represent the Northern Lights. The smelter symbolizes mining. The train stands for Alaska’s railroads, and ships denote transportation by sea. The trees symbolize Alaska’s wealth of forests, and the farmer, his horse, and the three shocks of wheat represent Alaskan agriculture. The fish and the seals signify the importance of fishing and wildlife to Alaska’s economy.

FLAG 

The blue field is for the sky and the forget-me-not, the state flower. The North Star is for the future of the state of Alaska, the most northerly of the Union. The dipper is for the Great Bear, symbolizing strength. Larger view of flag.

Click here for information on the Alaska State Song

 

STATE MOTTO 
"North to the Future"

Our motto was chosen in 1967 during the Alaska Purchase Centennial and was created by Juneau newsman Richard Peter. The motto is meant to represent Alaska as a land of promise.

FLOWER  

The forget-me-not, which grows
well throughout Alaska, is the
state flower.

GEM  
Alaska’s state gem is jade. Alaska has large deposits of the gem, including an entire mountain of jade on the Seward Peninsula.

TREE 

The tall, stately Sitka spruce is the state tree. It is found in southeastern and central Alaska.

Alaska State Constitution!

 

 

 

THE PURCHASE
Secretary of State William H. Seward arranged for the United States to purchase Alaska from Russia in 1867 for 7.2 million dollars, or 2 cents per acre." Check this link out from the National Archives  — it shows the actual cancelled check for the purchase!
http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?
flash=true&doc=41

 

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT ALASKA

  History and Culture   Outdoors   Alaska Information   Geography  

Sites to See

  Other Places to Find Information  

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Snowy
    Oct 19, 2009 @ 17:18:00

    Happy Alaska Day, Syrin, and thanks for all that info.

    Reply

  2. xango_xango
    Oct 24, 2009 @ 15:02:00

    Good read Syrin – just passing through…lots of Alaskan trivia today…thanks.

    Reply

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