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ALASKA STATE FLAG


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  Anchorage
  Bethel
  Fairbanks
  Homer
  Juneau
  Kenai
  Ketchikan
  Kodiak
  Palmer
  Sitka
  Wasilla





Alaska's state flag is a simple pattern of eight gold stars on a field of dark blue, a symbol of the night sky in Alaska. One star is larger and represents the North Star while the other seven stars form an asterism we call the 'Big Dipper'.

  • ABBREVIATION: AK
  • MOTTO: "North To The Future"
  • ENTERED UNION: Jan. 3rd, 1959
  • FLAG ADOPTED: May 1927 (as a territory flag)
  • COMMENTS: The territorial flag became the state flag in 1959 when Alaska was granted statehood. 'Alaska's Flag' is the name of the state song, originally written as a poem by Marie Drake dedicated to the flag and later Composed by Elinor Dusenbury. It is obvious to all, Alaskan's really love their state flag.

 

In 1928 the Alaska Department of the American Legion decided to arrange a contest to design a flag for their territory. The contest was limited to school children in grades seven through twelve. Many of the children's design were quite beautiful and unique, including a design displaying a polar bear on an iceberg (rejected because it only represented one area of Alaska). The winning image was designed by 13 year-old John Bell Benson (AKA Benny Benson). For his design Benny won a $1000 scholarship and a gold watch (engraved with his winning design); he also won a trip to Washington D.C. but was unable to make the trip. Benny was later honored with a street named after him (Benny Benson Boulevard) as well as a secondary school. It just goes to show you, even a young man of 13 can have a tremendous impact on his city, state, and nation.

 

Alaska State Flag
State Flag, Alaska

 

 

FUN FACTS:

  • Alaska was first populated 7,000 years ago by people from Asia who migrated across an Ice-Age land bridge.
  • Barrow, the northernmost U.S. city, has 69 days of continuous darkness in winter and 84 days of continuous daylight in summer.
  • Little Diomede Island is only 2.5 miles (4km) from Russian territory.
  • Alaska has the northernmost, westernmost, and easternmost points in the United States.
  • The distance from southeast Alaska to the tip of the Aleutian chain roughly equals the distance from Miami to Los Angeles.
  • The most powerful earthquake ever recorded in North America struck Anchorage in 1964. It was 80 times more powerful than the 1906 San Francisco quake and measured 9.2 on the Richter scale.

 

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