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The Alaska Flag was designed in 1926 by Benny Benson

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.

Official 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.

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


A Jade Bear with Salmon

Alaska's state gem is jade. Alaska has large deposits of the gem. An entire mountain of jade is on the Seward Peninsula.

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

A Forest of Sitka Spruce

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

Dog Mushing - A Great Winter Sport!

Dog mushing is the state sport. It was once a primary form of transportation in many areas of Alaska.

The Willow Ptarmagin

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

Gold Nugget MINERAL  
Gold is the state mineral. Gold has played a major role in Alaska's history.
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 abudant 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 in a Marsh!

Moose can be found in the marshes during the summer. They find food on the bottoms of the marsh.

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Frommer's 2000: Alaska Cruises & Ports  Travel-Smart: Alaska  Scenic Driving: Alaska and the Yukon  Fodor's Alaska Ports of Call