5 interesting facts about Alaska

February 18, 2019

Today is Elizabeth Peratrovich Day in Alaska

Every year on Feb. 16, Alaskans honor Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich (1911-58), “for her courageous, unceasing efforts to eliminate discrimination and bring about equal rights in Alaska.”

Became a state in 1959

Alaska became the 49th state in the U.S. on Jan. 3, 1959. The capitol is Juneau.


Alaska always has been known as the Last Frontier. It also is home to Mount McKinley, which is 20,320 feet at its highest point.

Larger than life

Alaska is ranked first in the U.S. in the following categories:

Area: 656,425 square miles

Land: 570,374 square miles

Water: 86,051 square miles

Coastline: 6,640 miles

Shoreline: 33,904 miles

Agriculture and industry

Alaska’s economy is based mostly on agriculture, including seafood, nursery stock, dairy products, vegetables, livestock, as well as its industry, including petroleum and natural gas, gold and other mining, food processing, lumber and wood products and tourism.

Sources: timeanddate.com, 50states.com

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