I thought I would share a few things about Alaska I have gleaned from various sources.
First a map of North America gives a good perspective of where we are.
©1996 MAGELLAN Geographix Santa Barbara, CA (800) 929-4MAP
The image I have next is a shot of a 3 dimesional model of Alaska produced by projecting 3D coordinates from USGS mapping for Geographical Information Systems (GIS) applications. It shows the overall topographical relief of this vast place.
Now some factoids;
- Alaska has the largest land area of any U.S. state at 570380 square miles and is larger than all but 18 countries.
- Alaska has about 1/5 of the total land area of the 48 contiguous states.
- 17 0f the 20 highest peaks in the U.S. are in Alaska
- Alaska has 29 volcanoes
- and 33,000 miles of coastline
- Alaska consist of 1/2 the world’s glaciers
The Story of Alaska’s Flag
The Alaska state flag was designed by John Bell (Benny) Benson, a thirteen year-old in an orphanage in response to a contest sponsored by the Alaska Department of the American Legion. The prize was awarded in 1927. The flag was adopted by the Territorial Legislature in May, 1927 as Alaska’s official flag.
The flag is dark blue, with eight five-pointed gold stars in the shape of "the Big Dipper" and a larger gold star representing the pole star, Polaris.
When Alaska entered the Union in 1959, the territorial flag became the state flag. All the designs for the contest, as well as Benny’s prize–a gold watch engraved with the flag–are in the Alaska State Museum in Juneau. He did also win a $1000 trip to Washington, D.C.. to present the flag to President Coolidge, but never went because first his father was ill, and then President Coolidge was out of the country, so the $1000 was put to his education instead. Benny also picked the forget-me-not as the territorial (later state) flower.
Source: Velma Moos Potter, God Flies Benny’s Flag, Frontier Publishing, Seattle, 1989
John Andrew Lowe, 24 July 1995
State Song (about the flag)
Eight stars of gold on a field of blue
Alaska’s Flag may it mean to you
The blue of the sea, the evening sky
The mountain lakes and the flow’rs near-by
The gold of the early sourdoughs dreams
The precious gold of the hills and streams
The brilliant stars in the northern sky
The "Bear," the "Dipper," and shining high
The great North Star with its steady light
O’er land and sea a beacon bright
Alaska’s Flag to Alaskans dear
The simple flag of a Last Frontier
I have selected a few of my photos to share…
The blue of the sea I caught chasing the light last October
The deep blue of the evening sky (Taken in the 1070’s)
The gold in my dreams is in the western sky;
April Sky Gold
Brush of Gold in the Sky