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Alaska Governors Mansion, 716 Calhoun Avenue, Juneau

Photo: Alaska's Governor's Mansion, 716 Calhoun Avenue, Juneau, Juneau Borough, AK. Photographed by Jet Lowe, 1991, Historic American Buildings Survey [HABS AK-112], memory.loc.gov, accessed September, 2012.

  • Capitol: Juneau
  • Largest City: Anchorage
  • Nickname: The Last Frontier
  • State Bird: Willow Ptarmigan
  • State Tree: Sitkaspruce
  • State Flower: Forget Me Not
  • Land Area: 268,600 square miles
  • Motto: North to the Future
  • Named from native Aleuts word meaning mainland ... that which can be seen from the sea

Alaska was purchased by the United States from Russia in 1867. The cost was approximately 2-cents per acre. The purchase was negotiated by President Lincoln's Secretary of State, William H. Seward and finalized under Andrew Johnson's presidency. Until the discovery of gold in the 1880s, Alaska was frequently referred to as Seward's folly or Seward's icebox. From 1867 to 1912 Alaska was officially a district of the United States. It became an organized territory in 1912. It became the 49th state in 1959. [History of Alaska, www.fairbanks-alaska.com, accessed September, 2012]


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