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Alaska Facts


Statehood: January 3, 1959
Land Area: 586,412 Square miles or approximately 365 million acres
Motto: North to the Future
Tree: Sitka Spruce
Flower: Forget me not
Fish: King Salmon
Bird: Willow Ptarmigan
Gem: Jade

Mineral: Gold
State Capital: Juneau

Alaska was purchased in 1867 for $7.2 million dollars.

The purchase was named “Seward’s Folly” because at the time they felt it was an outrageous amount to pay for a frozen waste land.

Alaska is the largest state in the Union. It is 1/5th the size of the entire United States. Alaska is twice the size of Texas. The state of Rhode Island could fit into Alaska 425 times.
There is over 47,000 miles of coastline More than 3,000 rivers

Has the highest North American Peak, Mt. McKinley (or Denali) at 20,320 ft above sea level Alaska accounts for 25% of oil production in the U.S.

The Alaskan Pipeline is 800 miles long, just under half of it is underground, the other runs above ground on supports. The pipeline transports approximately 1 million barrels of oil per day


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