The state flag was designed and created by John Ben “Benny” Benson, a thirteen year old boy who designed the Alaskan flag in 1927.
In 1880 gold was discovered near Juneau. Later Alaskans found gold in Nome and other places.
In 1714 a Russian explorer named Vitas Bering discovered Alaska. Around the same time Britain, Spain and France were also exploring the coast of Alaska. The U.S. then bought Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000. It was later administered into a civil district by the Department of War, Treasury and Navy.
In 1880 gold was discovered near Juneau. Later Alaskans found gold in Nome and other places. In 1968 oil was also discovered. A pipe line was built in 1970 to carry oil from Prudhoe Bay to the ice-free port of Valdez in southern Alaska.
Alaska is often called the "land of midnight sun." Alaska’s capital Juneau, is one of the most popular places in Alaska. Alaska became a state on January 3, 1959. The population today is 649,000 people. People of Alaska are called Alaskans. Its nickname is The Last Frontier. Some of the major cities are Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks. Some fun facts about Alaska are the state bird, state flower, and state tree. The state bird is the Willow Ptarmigan, state flower is the forget-me not, and the state tree is the Sitka Spruce. The state flag was designed and created by John Ben “Benny” Benson, a thirteen year old boy who designed the Alaskan flag in 1927. The flag’s design has the Big Dipper and the North Star against a deep blue background. The North Star stands for Alaska.
Alaska has a very attention-grabbing history and it can teach you a lot about itself and its facts. From the purchase of Alaska from Russia to the Statehood, Alaska’s background is very interesting. Today, Alaska remains a very popular place to visit and travel to.
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