Alaska was admitted to the Union on January 3, 1959. It was the 49th state admitted and the 47th most populated state with an approximation of 655,400 people who live in an area of 571,951 square miles. Its nickname is "The Last Frontier" and the motto is "North to the Future". The main waterway in Alaska is the Yukon River and the highest mountain peak is Mt. McKinley - which is also the highest mountain peak in North America.
When you think of Alaska you think cold and snow. That does pretty much cover the climate of Alaska as the average temperature in January is 25 degrees F and 62 degrees F in August. But Alaska is really known for its beautiful mountain peaks, fishing industry, dog sled races, and pioneering and self reliant spirit of the people who live there.
Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867 by William S. Seward, the Secretary of State at the time. His purchase was met with shock and bewilderment because the value of the land was not widely known - the purchase became known as Seward's Folly. Of course, we now know that Alaska is filled some of the earth's most valuable natural resources such as oil, lumber, fish, and animals.
Another interesting fact is that Alaska can have fewer than 4 hours of darkness in the peak of summer and fewer than 4 hours of light in the peak of winter. This is due to the tilt of the earth as it makes its way around the sun. Many people flock to Alaska for fishing, hiking, or to see the galciers and wildlife. In addition, the Norhtern Lights are also a big attraction.
A brief history of Alaska. Click on the titles to see more information or drag the timeline to see more events.Art Timeline
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