Alaska State Flags & Banners available in all sizes in nylon and polyester. The United States purchased Alaska from Russia on March 30, 1867, for $7.2 million ($121 million adjusted for inflation) at approximately two cents per acre ($4.74/km²). The area went through several administrative changes before becoming organized as a territory on May 11, 1912. It was admitted as the 49th state of the U.S. on January 3, 1959.See our great Alaska state birthday souvenirs and gifts.
Vitus Bering, a Dane working for the Russians, and Alexei Chirikov discovered the Alaskan mainland and the Aleutian Islands in 1741.
In 1867, Secretary of State William Seward arranged for Alaska's purchase from Russia for $7,200,000. The transfer of the territory took place on Oct. 18, 1867. Despite a price of about two cents an acre, the purchase was widely ridiculed as â€œSeward's Folly.â€
The Gold Rush of 1898 resulted in a mass influx of more than 30,000 people. Since then, Alaska has contributed billions of dollars' worth of products to the U.S. economy.
In 1958, Alaskans approved statehood by a 5 to 1 vote, and on Jan. 3, 1959, Alaska was officially admitted into the Union as a state, the first since Arizona in 1912.
Some Alaska Symbols
1. State Bird
2. State Mammal
3. State Flower
5. State Mineral
6. State Tree
7. State Dog
8. State Gemstone
9. State Fish
10. State Soil
Willow Ptarmigan - The willow ptarmigan was designated the official state bird of Alaska in 1955.Ptarmigan are arctic grouse. The willow ptarmigan changes color from light brown in summer to snow white in winter for effective camouflage from predators.
Moose - The state mammal of Alaska is the moose.The moose was designated the official Alaska land mammal in 1998. Moose are the world's largest member of the deer family, and the Alaskan moose is the largest of all moose (males weigh 1,000 - 1,600 pounds).
Alpine forget-me-not - Alaska's state flower, the wild native Alpine forget-me-not, grows well throughout Alaska in open, rocky places high in the mountains. You will see the diminutive alpine forget-me-not in midsummer, and perhaps one of several other varieties in Alaska. Alpine Forget-me-nots belong to one of the few plant families that display true blue flowers.
Four-Spot Skimmer Dragonfly -The four-spot skimmer dragonfly (Libellula quadrimaculata) was designated the official state insect of Alaska in 1995.The four-spot skimmer dragonfly won among 4 insects voted on by Alaskan schoolchildren. The runners up included the Unmarked slender mosquito, the mourning cloak butterfly, and the bumblebee.
Gold - Gold was officially designated the state mineral of Alaska in 1968. The Alaska Gold Rush brought thousands of adventurers and schemers to Alaska and the Yukon in the mid 1800's and again early in the 1900's when gold was discovered near Fairbanks.
Sitka Spruce - Alaska designated Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis) as the official state tree in 1962. Named for Sitka Sound in Alaska, the Sitka spruce is the tallest conifer in the world. Moist ocean air and summer fog are the main factors that account for Sitka spruce's large growth.
Alaskan Malamute - The Alaskan Malamute was designated the official state dog of Alaska on April 18th, 2010, thanks to the efforts of students at Polaris K-12 School in Anchorage. Dog mushing was recognized as the official state sport of Alaska in 1972.
Jade - Alaska has large deposits of this gemstone, including an entire mountain of jade on the Seward Peninsula. Prior to English exploration in the late 1700's, native Eskimos traded jade (as well as copper, hides and furs).
King Salmon - The giant king salmon is the state fish of Alaska (also called Chinook salmon, spring salmon, quinnat, tyee, tule, and blackmouth salmon). The king salmon is native to the Pacific coast of North America and is the largest of all Pacific salmon (can reach over 100 pounds).
Tanana -The official state soil of Alaska is Tanana, named after the Tanana river (the name Tanana is derived from the Athabaskan word for "mountain river"). Tanana soil is found in the Fairbanks area and extensively thoughout the lowland areas of interior Alaska. Alaska has 318 different soil types and approximately 15 million acres of soil that is suitable for farming. Because of nearly constant sunlight on summer days, some crops can grow to enormous size. Examples include a world record 19 pound carrot, a 76 pound rutabaga, and a 106 pound cabbage!
Did you know?
Alaska's land mass is equal to one-fifth of the continental U.S.
Alaskans have the second highest home ownership in the U.S. at 65.7%
Alaska is home to Mount Denali: 20,320 feet (Tallest in North America) in fact, 17 of the 20 highest peaks in the United States are located in Alaska.
The state is commonly called â€œThe Last Frontierâ€ or â€œLand of the Midnight Sunâ€
In 1926 13-year-old Bennie Benson from Cognac, Alaska designed the state flag.
In 1968, a large oil and gas reservoir near Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Coast was found. The Prudhoe Bay reservoir, with an estimated recoverable 10 billion barrels of oil and 27 trillion cubic feet of gas, is twice as large as any other oil field in North America. The Trans-Alaska pipeline was completed in 1977 at a cost of $7.7 billion. Oil flows through the 800-mile-long pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to the port of Valdez.