Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy Birthday, Alaska!

Today is the anniversary of Alaska being admitted to our United States of America.
Date of Admittance: January 3, 1959
Parentage: The name Alaska comes from the Russian phonetic version of the Inuit word "alakshak," which means "mainland." 
Place in the Family 
Number 49
For nearly fifty years, Arizona was the last state,
having joined on 2-14-1912.
Then eight months after Alaska joined, 
Hawaii followed suit on 8-21-1959.

"North to the Future"
I saw that movie; it was pretty good.

The Last Frontier
I'm picking up a theme here in the motto and nick-name. 
Kinda gung-ho on themselves, aren't they? 

On the License Plate
"The Last Frontier" 

State Flag
A blue field with the constellation of The Big Dipper and The North Star on it. 
Both of these represent The North, and the design itself is cool.

First City You Probably Think of 
When You Think "Alaska" 
AnchorageActual State Capital: Juneau

State Size (Area) is 50th of 50
Population is closer to 48th of 50
(per 2000 Census figures)
Alaska took the place of Texas as largest State;
Alaska is nearly three times as big as Texas!

Alaska Sports:

Anybody From Alaska
Ever Grow Up To Be President?

In fact, nobody from Alaska has ever done anything 
that I consider noteworthy! :-)

The closest I got was the guy who wrote the official 
US Air Force song ("Nothing can stop the 
US Air Force!") grew up there. (Robert Crawford was 
his name)

So this time I'm gonna do something different. 

I'm gonna introduce all the people who have 
had something to do with Alaska, even though 
none of them were born there!

William Seward
US Secretary of State 1861-1869
purchased the land of Alaska from Russia
which was called "Seward's Folly" 
now has a town named after him in Alaska

Joe Juneau
gold-miner born in Canada, 
founded the capital of Alaska

Mount McKinley
Locally the largest mountain in North America
is called Mount Denali. 
Implants from the Lower 48 started calling it
McKinley in 1890 as a political move. 

Wyatt Earp
After the events at the OK Corral Earp
moved to the Yukon and ran a saloon 
for several years.

Jack London
He was born in California but moved to the 
Yukon during the Gold Rush. Used 
his experiences in such stories as 
The Call of The Wild and White Fang.  

The first sled dog to run the Iditarod Trail in 1925 
from Anchorage to Nenana to pick up serum for an
outbreak of diptheria.

Northern Exposure
This TV comedy-drama from 1990-95
was set in a fictional town in Alaska.

Gov. Sarah Palin 
9th Governor of Alaska 2006-2009
Candidate for Vice-President 2008
Palin was born in Idaho and then grew
up in Alaska. 

A Song For You.... 
"North to Alaska" 
written by Johnny Horton & Tillman Frank
Sung by Johnny Horton
(from the 1960 movie starring John Wayne 
about the Alaskan Gold Rush; this video features photos 
from that era)

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