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Nylon Alaska Flag
Benny Benson of Seward, AK designed the current flag which was selected from among roughly 700 entries in a 1927 contest. The Alaska Legislature adopted Benson’s design as the official flag for the Territory of Alaska on May 2, 1927. The flag has a blue background which represents the sky, the sea, and mountain lakes, as well as Alaska’s wildflowers. There are eight gold stars: seven from the constellation Ursa Major (Big Dipper) and the eighth star being the North Star, representing the northern most state.
- Made in America to official State design specifications
- Strongest nylon fabric printed with vibrant colors
- Outdoor flags finished with strong canvas heading and brass grommets
- Parade or indoor flags finished with a pole hem or pole hem and fringe
Alaska State History
On March 30, 1867, the United States purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars, about two cents an acre. Many called it “Seward’s Folly” after Secretary of State William H. Seward. Alaska is 1/5 the size of all the other US states together, reaching so far to the west that the International Date Line had to be bent to keep the state all in the same day.
Alaska became the 49th state on January 3, 1959.
Anchorage is the Alaska state capital.
The Russians referred to the peninsula as “Alaska”. The United States used the name to refer to the entire territory, and then, to the State after its purchase in 1867.
The name “Alaska” is taken from the Aleut word “aláxsxaq” that refers to an object to which the sea is directed, in this case the Alaska peninsula and mainland. The name iss loosely translated as “great land.”
State Nickname, Motto and Symbols
Nickname: The Last Frontier; Land of the Midnight Sun
Motto: “North to the Future”
- Animal: Moose
- Bird: Alaska Willow Ptarmigan
- Fish: King Salmon
- Flower: Wild native Forget-Me-Not
- Gem: Jade
- Marine Mammal: Bowhead Whale
- Tree: Sitka Spruce