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 Alaska, USA -

Outsiders first discovered Alaska in 1741 when Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia.

"The future is bound to be a bright and useful one. You are no longer an Arctic frontier. You constitute a bridge to the continent of Asia and all of its people." President Dwight D. Eisenhower

The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

"...the name Alaska comes from the language of the area's indigenous people. The Aleuts (a name given to them by Russian fur traders in the mid 18th century; they used to, and sometimes still do, call themselves the Unangan), natives of the Aleutian Islands, referred to the Alaskan Peninsula and the mainland as alaxsxaq (ah-lock-shock), literally, 'the object toward which the action of the sea is directed.'"

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Elks Home, Juneau, Alaska
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Adopted May 2, 1927
Alaska, USA
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Adopted May 2, 1927
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1741 - Outsiders first discovered Alaska in 1741 when Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia. resources/ state-facts/ alaska.html
1784 - Russian whalers and fur traders on Kodiak Island established the first settlement in Alaska in 1784. resources/ state-facts/ alaska.html
1834 - Native Aleut population, estimated at between 15,000 and 20,000 before Europeans arrived, dropped to 2247 by 1834
largely due to the introduction of guns and diseases such as smallpox, measles, and tuberculosis. resources/ state-facts/ alaska.html
1867 - March 30 – Alaska is purchased for $7.2 million from Alexander II of Russia, about 2 cent per acre, by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward. The news media call this "Seward's Folly"
U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward signs a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska for $7 million. Despite the bargain price of roughly two cents an acre, the Alaskan purchase was ridiculed in Congress and in the press as "Seward's folly," "Seward's icebox," and President Andrew Johnson's "polar bear garden."
March 30, 1867

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1869 - Sitka Times, first Alaskan newspaper, published webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aktimeln.htm
1872 - Gold discovered near Sitka (Alaska) webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aktimeln.htm
1888 - More than 60,000 arrived in search for gold (Alaska) webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aktimeln.htm
(1897 - 1900) Klondike gold rush occurred webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aktimeln.htm
1897 - During the Klondike gold rush in 1897, potatoes were so highly valued for their vitamin C content, that miners traded gold for them. resources/ state-facts/ alaska.html
1899 - May 31 – Launch of the Harriman Alaska Expedition.
May 31, 1899
1899 - July 30 – The Harriman Alaska Expedition ends successfully.
July 30, 1899
1903 - Alaska-Canada border was established webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aktimeln.htm
1912 - Mt. Katmai exploded, created Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes (Alaska) webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aktimeln.htm
1915 - Record high temperature in Alaska was 100 degrees Fahrenheit at Fort Yukon. resources/ state-facts/ alaska.html
1935 - August 15 – Humorist Will Rogers and aviator Wiley Post are killed when Post's plane crashes shortly after takeoff near Barrow, Alaska.
August 15. 1935
1942 - October 28 – The Alaska Highway is completed.
October 28, 1942
February 3, 1947 - The temperature at Tanacross, AK, plunged to a record 75 degrees below zero.
1959 - Alaska became 49th state webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ aktimeln.htm
1964 - March 1 - Thompson Pass, AK, finished the month with 346.1 inches of snow, a record monthly total for the state of Alaska.

The Weather Channel
Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - As Alaskans toiled to dig out from the rubble of Friday's great earthquake, Civil Defense officials listed new casualty figures today of 21 known dead and 83 missing and presumed.

Fifty-five were reported to have been injured.

This means if those presumed dead - most were washed to sea by tidal waves following the quake - are indeed dead the toll will be more than 100.

Before this morning's report, an estimated 70 had been listed as dead or presumed so.

Gov. WILLIAM A. EGAN made a new damage estimate Sunday night of $350 million for this far north state, where industry in several south-central coastal towns was virtually obliterated.

Civil Defense officials gave this breakdown on casualties:

Anchorage, with a metropolitan population of 100,000 and the state's largest city, 8 dead and 2 presumed dead, 50 injured.
Kodiak, 7 dead, 14 presumed dead, 2 injured.
Valdez, 1 dead, 30 presumed dead, 2 injured.
Seward, 2 dead, 20 presumed dead, 2...

2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Alaska:
1. Denali National Park and Preserve:

Explore the stunning wilderness of Denali National Park, home to North America's highest peak, Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley). You can take bus tours, go hiking, or even try to spot wildlife like grizzly bears, moose, and wolves.

2. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve:

Witness the otherworldly beauty of glaciers calving into the sea in Glacier Bay. You can take a cruise through the bay to get up close to these massive ice formations and spot humpback whales, seals, and sea lions.

3. Kenai Fjords National Park:

Take a boat tour or go kayaking in Kenai Fjords National Park to see glaciers, seabirds, and marine life. You might also catch a glimpse of orcas and otters.

4. Anchorage:

Explore Alaska's largest city, Anchorage, and visit attractions like the Anchorage Museum, Alaska Native Heritage Center, and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Don't forget to take a scenic flightseeing tour from here.

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