15 Facts About Alaska!

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Hey all!  I thought it would be fun to get everyone more revved up about their trek here to Alaska.  Fun facts about certain places or people always peak my interest, so I hope you enjoy this!  Some facts are quirky and some are down right cool.  Perhaps after looking over this, we could all come up with few intriguing facts about where we hail from?  Leave a comment in the section of this blog post, if so.

  1. Because of their long summer days, Alaska is capable of producing some unusually over-sized produce. Some notable specimens that have been harvested in recent years include a 35-pound broccoli, a 65-pound cantaloupe, a 138-pound cabbage and a 1,469 pound pumpkin(pictured below).

 

giant veggie

  1. Of the 20 highest peaks in the United States, 17 are in Alaska, including the highest peak in North America (20,320 ft. above sea level), Denali.
  2. During the Klondike gold rush in 1897, potatoes were so highly valued for their vitamin C content that miners traded gold for them.
  3. The state sport of Alaska is dog mushing, which was once the primary mode of transportation in most of Alaska. The Iditarod dog sledding race is the state’s largest sporting event.

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  1. The largest salmon ever caught was at the Kenai River, it weighed in at 97.5 pounds. Most aren’t even ¼ that size!
  2. Alaska has the lowest population density in the nation at one person per square mile.
  3. It is illegal to whisper in someone’s ear while they are moose hunting in Alaska.
  4. The nation’s two largest forests are located in Alaska. The Tongass in Southeast includes 16.8 million acres and Chugach in Southcentral has 4.8 million acres.
  5. Alaska broke their record high when temperatures reached 100° F in 1915.
  6. A low of -80° F recorded in Alaska’s Endicott Mountains still holds the record for the nation’s all-time low.
  7. Alaska has more coastline than the other 49 states combined.
  8. Alaska’s name is based on the Eskimo word Alakshak meaning great lands or peninsula.
  9. Alaska accounts for 25 percent of the oil produced in the United States.
  10. Alaska is the only state to have coastlines on three different seas: the Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and Bering Sea.
  11. The state bird of Alaska is the willow ptarmigan.

birdy

2 thoughts on “15 Facts About Alaska!

  1. These are some really cool fun facts! I am so excited to get to Alaska and explore.

    I have a fun fact about where I am from! I live a few miles away from Sutter’s Fort in the small town of Coloma where James Marshall discovered the first gold found in California, which started the CA gold rush. 🙂

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  2. The coastline fact is awesome! Since I’m from the Great Lakes region, I know that the combined Great Lakes coastlines are larger than the East and West coasts combined but I bet that doesn’t include Alaska’s coastline!

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