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"The Last Frontier" - The name Alaska is derived from the Aleut word "Alyeska," meaning "great land."
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/.
"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.
OFFICIAL STATE HOLIDAYS
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 is the anniversary of the formal transfer of the territory and the raising of the US. flag at Sitka on October 18, 1867.
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 Alaskas railroads, and ships denote transportation by sea. The trees symbolize Alaskas 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 Alaskas economy.
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
The forget-me-not, which grows well throughout Alaska, is the state flower.
Alaskas state gem is jade. Alaska has large deposits of the gem, including an entire mountain of jade on the Seward Peninsula.
The tall, stately Sitka spruce is the state tree. It is found in southeastern and central Alaska.
Alaska State Constitution!
The giant king salmon, which weighs up to 100 pounds, is the state fish.
Gold is the state mineral. Gold has played a major role in Alaskas history.
Wooly Mammoth per the 14th Legislature - 1986.
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!
Dog mushing is the state sport. It was once a primary form of transportation in many areas of Alaska.
The pheasant-like willow ptarmigan is the state bird. This bird changes color from light brown in summer to snow white in winter.
The moose was made the official Alaska land mammal when Governor Tony Knowles signed SB 265 into law on May 1, 1998. Moose can be found from the Unuk River in Southeast to the Arctic Slope, but are most abundant in second-growth birch forests, on timberline plateaus and along major rivers of Southcentral and Interior. They are not found on islands in Prince William Sound or the Bering *Sea, on most major islands in Southeast, on Kodiak, or the Aleutians groups.
Photo by: Bill Morgenstern, more photos can be found at: http://dragonflywebsite.com
The four spot skimmer dragonfly, per legislation (HB 239) introduced by Senator Georgianna Lincoln on behalf of elementary students in her district, and passed by the 19th Legislature in 1995
(Ch 49 SLA 95).
Bowhead whale per the 13th Legislature - 1983
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