America's last frontier!
The United States agreed to purchase Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars on March 30, 1867, about two cents an acre; many called it "Seward's Folly" after Secretary of State William H. Seward. A check for $7,200,000.00 was issued on August 1, 1868 and made payable to Edouard de Stoeckl, the Russian Minister to the United States.
On January 3, 1959, Alaska, with a land mass larger than Texas, California and Montana combined, became the 49th state in the union. It is a large state, 1/5 the size of all the other states together, reaching so far to the west that the International Date Line had to be bent to keep all of the state in the same day. It's also the only U.S. state extending into the Eastern Hemisphere.
Alaska has the highest rate of private aircraft ownership in the whole nation. Despite the cold weather vegetables and fruit grow to two times their normal size elsewhere. Wild animals are often seen in the area, and moose interrupt golf games whenever they feel like it.