Alaska

Alaska became the 49th US state on January 3, 1959. The capital is Juneau and the largest metro area is Anchorage. By far the largest state by area, it is the 48th ranked state in terms of population.
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The official languages of Alaska are Ahtna, Alutiiq, Dena'ina, Deg Xinag, English, Eyak, Gwich'in, Haida, Hän, Holikachuk, Inupiaq, Koyukon, Lower Tanana, St. Lawrence Island Yupik, Tanacross, Tlingit, Tsimshian, Unangax̂, Upper Kuskokwim, Upper Tanana, and Yup'ik - reflecting the large first peoples population.

Alaska is by far the largest U.S. state by area, comprising more total area than the next three largest states Texas, California, and Montana combined, and the seventh-largest subnational division in the world. It is the third-least populous and the most sparsely populated state, but by far the continent's most populous territory located mostly north of the 60th parallel, with an estimated population of 738,432 as of 2015—more than quadruple the combined populations of Northern Canada and Greenland. Approximately half of Alaska's residents live within the Anchorage metropolitan area. The state capital of Juneau is the second-largest city in the United States by area, comprising more territory than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware.

Alaska was occupied by various indigenous peoples for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans. The state is considered the entry point for the settlement of North America by way of the Bering land bridge. The Russians were the first Europeans to settle the area beginning in the 18th century, eventually establishing Russian America, which spanned most of the current state. The expense and difficulty of maintaining this distant possession prompted its sale to the U.S. in 1867 for US $7.2 million, or approximately two cents per acre. The area went through several administrative changes before becoming organized as a territory on May 11, 1912. It was admitted as the 49th state of the U.S. on January 3, 1959.

While it has one of the smallest state economies in the country, Alaska's per capita income is among the highest, owing to a diversified economy dominated by fishing, natural gas, and oil, all of which it has in abundance. United States armed forces bases and tourism are also a significant part of the economy; more than half the state is federally owned public land, including a multitude of national forests, parks, and wildlife refuges.

Alaska's indigenous population is proportionally the highest of any U.S. state, at over 15 percent. Close to two dozen native languages are spoken, and Alaskan Natives exercise considerable influence in local and state politics.
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Grand daughter Vivian Bishop with grandma Pat
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This is a photo of David "Yechon" Forsman added by Melissa La Chance on October 23, 2020.
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July 1899 - Mar 7, 1918
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This is a photo of David "Yechon" Forsman added by Melissa La Chance on October 23, 2020.
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July 1899 - Mar 7, 1918
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Bettina 1/2 Aleut mother 1/2 Finnish Father
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Feb 22, 1901 - September 1968
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1/2 Aleut mother 1/2 Finnish Father
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July 1897 - Sep 16, 1928
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This is a photo of Julia (Forsman) Weir, Bettina (Forsman) Brockel and Christina Georgia (Forsman) Benthin added by Melissa La Chance on October 23, 2020.
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May 1885 - Dec 8, 1954
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This is a photo of Julia (Forsman) Weir and David "Yechon" Forsman added by Melissa La Chance on October 23, 2020. David, and his sisters Julia, Christina and Bettina all lived in the orphanage. Believed mother died and their was a fisherman in Alaska. Father was from Finland mother was Aleut Indian
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May 1885 - Dec 8, 1954
Added Oct 23, 2020 by: Melissa La Chance
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1/2 Aleut mother 1/2 Finnish Father
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May 1885 - Dec 8, 1954
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Melissa La Chance
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This is a photo of Bettina (Forsman) Brockel, Julia (Forsman) Weir and Christina Georgia (Forsman) Benthin added by Melissa La Chance on October 23, 2020. #5 sister Christina, #7 Sister Julia #20 Bettina
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May 1885 - Dec 8, 1954
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Kandi Marie Williams
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Aug 6, 1968 - Unknown
Added Oct 7, 2020 by: Kandi Williams
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This picture is of Daniel L Irby's son Daniel and grandson Reggie
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Jan 2, 1981 - Unknown
Added Aug 25, 2020 by: Doris Sugak
Doris Sugak
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Unknown lady on cabinet card photo found in my grandparents’ old trunk. I would like to find out who she is. Grandparents lived in Jackson and Marshall Counties in Alabama when this photo would have been made. Their names: Patrick Henry and Ethel Taylor Kennamer.
Added Jun 29, 2020 by: Patricia Cagle
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This is a photo of Donald Dwayne Rubin In Delta Junction, Alaska on a Fire truck. In his lap is granddaughter April. Around 1975.added by Sunny Rush on May 2, 2020.
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May 10, 1935 - Mar 14, 2006
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This is a photo of Herbert Amato and Charles Haywood Sapp, taken during World War 2 while they were in Alaska.
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Sep 16, 1915 - Jun 11, 1957
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A photo of Beatrice Coleman with Robert R Coleman standing on the sidewalk outside of our home
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Jun 5, 1908 - July 1982
Added Jun 20, 2019 by: Theressa Lenear
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A photo of a document presented to Weldon G. Johnson
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c. 1928 - Unknown
Added Mar 30, 2015 by: Jessica Lynn Hepner
Jessica Lynn Hepner
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Photos of the 1956 Kodiak Naval Station High School graduates, Alaska
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A 1955 photo of Kodiak Naval Station High School graduates, Alaska
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A photo of the 1954 Kodiak Naval Station High School graduates
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A photo of the 1953 Kodiak Naval Station High School graduates
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Kodiak Naval Operating Base High School graduates
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Kodiak Naval Station High School graduates
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1951 Kodiak Naval Station High School Graduates
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George & Catherine Asinc w/baby Rick in Alaska in 1955.
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Oct 12, 1929 - Unknown
This is a photo of Eskimo school children added by Ancient Faces on January 11, 2012.
This is a photo of United States Public School for Eskimos added by Ancient Faces on January 11, 2012.
Spinning thread on his bare knee, an old witch doctor of the Skenna River Indians who lived in lower Alaska and upper British Columbia.
This is a photo of Kings Island native added by Ancient Faces on January 11, 2012.
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4th of July parade, Nome Alaska in 1915
Cartoon of giant mosquito stinging a man who is sleeping. "They work while you sleep at Nome, Alaska"
This is a photo of King's Island [i.e. King Island, or Ukivok] added by Ancient Faces on January 11, 2012.
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Treadwell Gold Mine five hundred feet under the ocean
A photo of hydraulic gold mining in Alaska, circa 1920?
Panning gold in a shovel at Pioneer Mine - Frank G. Carpenter in center, J. Lindeberg at right
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A photo of a sourdough's home, Fairbanks Alaska.
$1,250,000 in gold bullion at Miners and Merchants Bank
This is a photo of The Crescent Hotel added by Ancient Faces on January 11, 2012.
This is a photo of Grand Trunk Pacific Steamship "Prince Rupert" added by Ancient Faces on January 11, 2012.
This is a photo of S.S. Princess May wrecked on August 5, 1910 added by Ancient Faces on January 11, 2012.
This is a photo of Ancient bones of mastodons added by Ancient Faces on January 11, 2012.
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