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20 Fun & Interesting Facts about Alaska

Updated on July 4, 2012

1. Alaska was first discovered in modern times by a Danish Explore named Vitus Jonassen Bering after they had sighted it from a voyage from Siberia.

2. The first settlement in Alaska, dates back to the 1784 when the first Russian whalers established a colony. This colony was first recorded colony in Alaska because of the whales that migrated there during the official summer months.

3. Alaska was purchased from Russia for an astounding 7,200,000 at 2 cents an acre from the country of Russia.

4. The capital of Alaska is Juneau first founded by Joe Juneau’s and the onrush for gold

5.The Aleutian Islands which is part of, the Alaskan fish Tail was the site of the first American invasion of native soil since the Civil War

6.Alaska officially was recognized as the 49thstate of the Union on January 3rd 1959 the state constitution was official drafted prior to inclusion as an official state.

7.Alaska is one of the richest states for oil and gold production

8.The oil pipeline that runs through Alaska guarantees that every citizen of Alaska receives a yearly stipend bonus tax free of 1000 dollars.

9.Prudhoe Bay is the largest producer of oil in the United States. It is located in the northern ice fields of Alaska. It is considered the largest oil deposit in the continental United States.

10.The Alaskan pipeline moves more the 90 thousand barrels of oil through its pipeline an hour.

11.Alaskan natives are called Eskimos, Aleut and other Indian groups. These groups are natives made up from ancient people crossing the Bering Strait to those who had immigrated from the lower 48.

12.The official state flower was designated by the legislator in 1915 and is called the wild forget me not since it only grows and blooms in Alaska’s summer months.

13.The first official gold rush to the northern territories was for the Yukon. Later there was more found in Nome and in surrounding territories.

14.The State of Alaska adopted its official motto“north to the Future” as more and more resources are uncovered in the desolate areas of Alaska.

15.Alaska is the only state that in the Union that resides in the Arctic Circle. More than one-fifth of the state is in it.

16.The Alaskan highway is the most infamous route through the northern territories. It was originally built as a supply route for the military during world war 2

17.The state of Alaska has the largest coast line of any other state with over 6000 miles of the border with an ocean.

18.If, you superimpose the State of Alaska over the continental 48 states the state actually extends from one coast to the other.

19.The state is roughly 1400 miles from north to south and over 2700 miles from east to west.

20.The state of Alaska is the most sparsely populated state in the nation. It has less than 3.0 residents per square mile and most of them are on the coast.


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    Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

    Would love to visit.

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    dipsmi 5 years ago from Plymouth, Minnisota

    woww...I did not knew so many facts about Alaska...great hub!

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    Stephanie Pyper 5 years ago from Sin City

    My father was stationed in Alaska when I was born so learning these things is pretty cool. Thanks for the neat facts!