Alaska State
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Alaska State Symbols, Facts & Info

The United States of America accepted Alaska as the 49th state to enter the union. Below, you will find the official state symbols and interesting facts about Alaska.

State Name:
Alaska

Abbreviation:
AK

Capital:
Juneau

Date of Statehood:
January 3, 1959

Population:
663,661 (US Census 2005 estimate)

Primary Agriculture:
Most of Alaska's farms are dairies or poultry ranches, and the state's most valuable farm commodities are dairy products, potatoes, cattle, and eggs.

Primary Industry:
Alaska heads the nation in the value of its commercial catch, chiefly salmon, crab, shrimp, halibut, herring, and cod. Other industries important to Alaska's economy are oil, petroleum, wood, wood products, furs and tourism.

Nickname:
The Last Frontier

Motto:
North to the Future

Flower:
Forget-Me-Not (Legislation of 1917)
Picture of the Forget-Me-Not, the official state flower of Alaska.

Tree:
Sitka Spruce (Legislation of 1962)

Bird:
Willow Ptarmigan (Legislation of 1955)
Picture of the Willow+Ptarmigan, the official state bird of Alaska.
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Fish:
King Salmon (Legislation of 1962)

Insect:
Four Spot Skimmer Dragonfly (Legislation of 1995)

Gemstone:
Jade (Legislation of 1968)

Official State Seal:
Official State Seal of Alaska.
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Official State Flag:
Official State Flag of Alaska.
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State Commemorative Quarter:
From the 1999-2008 United States Mint 50 State Quarters® Program
Commemorative state quarter of Alaska.
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State Postage Stamp:
From the 2002 United States Postal Service Greetings from America series.
34 cent Greetings from America commemorative stamp of Alaska state.
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