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Fun Facts About Alaska

Alaska is land worthy of many superlatives. Here’s an interesting collection of some of Alaska’s vital statistics that may help satisfy your curiosity and whet your appetite.

Name Origin: The name of Alaska comes from the Aleut word Alyeska, meaning The Great Land.

Nick Names: The Last Frontier, Land of the Midnight Sun, The Great Land

Motto: North to the Future

Flower: Forget-me-not

Capital: Juneau is the only capital in the United States accessible only by boat or plane.

Statehood: The US purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7,200,000 (about 2 cents an acre) and made it the union’s 49th state on January 3, 1959.

Land Area Size: Alaska is the largest state in the union, covering 570,373 square miles, approximately one fifth of the entire United States. Alaska is so large that the state of Rhode Island could fit into Alaska 425 times.

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