* It's big. Over twice-the-size-of-Texas big. The state of Rhode Island could fit into Alaska 425 times.
* In October 1867, US Secretary of State William H Seward offered Russia $7.2mm for the land, or 2c per acre. For some time, this was known by many as "Seward's Folly."
* The wild forget-me-not is the state flower, the willow ptarmigan the state bird, the Sitka spruce the state tree, the four-spot skimmer dragonfly is the state insect, and dog mushing the official state sport.
* Jade is the official gemstone. Gold was discovered in 1880.
* Nearly one-third of Alaska lies within the arctic circle.
* Alaska has the lowest population density in America. By contrast, it's coastline extends over 6,600 miles.
* 17 of the 20 highest peaks in the US are located in Alaska. At 20,230 feet above sea level, Mt. McKinley, located in Alaska's interior, is the highest point in North America.
* In 1915, the record high temperature in Alaska was set at 100F at Fort Yukon; the record low temp was -80F set at Prospect Creek Camp in 1971.