Alaska is the 49th state in the USA. It became a state on January 3, 1959.
The word Alaska is from the Aleut Indian word "alaxsxaq" or "agunalaskash" that means the mainland or shore.
Alaska is a large state, 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 has 33,000 miles of coastline. It is the only state to have coastline on 3 different seas - the Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea.
It is also the only US state extending into the Eastern Hemisphere. Alaska has more than 100,000 glaciers and has 3 million lakes...who said you can't find lakefront property anymore?