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State Symbols

State Name:

The name "Alaska" is derived from the Aleut word "Alyeska," meaning "great land."

State Nick Name:

"The Last Frontier"

State Motto:

"North to the Future" - Our motto was chosen in 1967 during the Alaska Purchase Centennial and was created by Juneau newsman Richard Peter. The motto is meant to represent Alaska as a land of promise.

State Constitution

Click to view the Alaska State Constitution on the Lieutenant Governor's website.

State Capital:

Juneau, located in the southeast region of Alaska, has a population of 30,684.

Official State Holidays

Seward's Day
Last Monday in March

Seward's Day commemorates the signing of the treaty by which the United States bought Alaska from Russia, signed on March 30, 1867.

Alaska Day
October 18

Alaska Day is the anniversary of the formal transfer of the territory and the raising of the US. flag at Sitka on October 18, 1867.

     

State Seal

The state seal was originally designed in 1910 while Alaska was a territory and not a state. The rays above the mountains represent the Northern Lights. The smelter symbolizes mining. The train stands for Alaska’s railroads, and ships denote transportation by sea. The trees symbolize Alaska’s wealth of forests, and the farmer, his horse, and the three shocks of wheat represent Alaskan agriculture. The fish and the seals signify the importance of fishing and wildlife to Alaska’s economy.

Flag

Alaska Flag The blue field is for the sky and the forget-me-not, the state flower. The North Star is for the future of the state of Alaska, the most northerly of the Union. The dipper is for the Great Bear, symbolizing strength.

Flower

The forget-me-not, which grows well throughout Alaska, is the State flower.

forget-Me-Not

Gem

Alaska’s state gem is jade. Alaska has large deposits of the gem, including an entire mountain of jade on the Seward Peninsula.

A Jade Bear with Salmon

Tree

The tall, stately Sitka spruce is the state tree. It is found in southeastern and central Alaska.

A Forest of Sitka Spruce

Fish

The giant king salmon, which can weigh up to 100 pounds, is the state fish.
Catchin' the Big One!

Mineral

Gold is the state mineral. Gold has played a major role in Alaska’s history.
Gold Nugget

Fossil

Wooly Mammoth per the 14th Legislature - 1986

The Purchase

Sport

Dog mushing is the state sport. It was once a primary form of transportation in many areas of Alaska.
Dog Mushing - A Great Winter Sport!

Bird

The pheasant-like willow ptarmigan is the state bird. This bird changes color from light brown in summer to snow white in winter.

The Willow Ptarmagin

Land Mammal

The moose was made the official Alaska land mammal when Governor Tony Knowles signed SB 265 into law on May 1, 1998. Moose can be found from the Unuk River in Southeast to the Arctic Slope, but are most abundant in second-growth birch forests, on timberline plateaus and along major rivers of Southcentral and Interior. They are not found on islands in Prince William Sound or the Bering *Sea, on most major islands in Southeast, on Kodiak, or the Aleutians groups.

Moose Taking a Drink!

Insect

Photo by: Bill Morgenstern, more photos can be found at: http://dragonflywebsite.com

The four spot skimmer dragonfly, per legislation (HB 239) introduced by Senator Georgianna Lincoln on behalf of elementary students in her district, and passed by the 19th Legislature in 1995 (Ch 49 SLA 95).

Marine Mammal

Bowhead whale per the 13th Legislature - 1983

Learn More About Alaska

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Alaska Facts

State Nick Name: "The Last Frontier" - the name Alaska is derived from the Aleut word "Aleyska," meaning "great land."

State Motto: "North to the Future"

State Capital: Juneau, located in the Southeast region of Alaska, has a population of 31,275 (2010 Census)

Alaska Map:

Map of Alaska

Alaska Flag:

Alaska state flag is dark blue with yellow stars in the shape of the big dipper with the North star

NOTE: The State of Alaska is not responsible for the content/information on any site outside of a State of Alaska department.