1. The state motto is North to the Future.
2. The jade is the official state gemstone.
3. Gold is the official state mineral. It was named the state mineral in 1968.
4. The four-spot skimmer dragonfly is the official state insect.
5. In 1926 13-year-old Bennie Benson from Cognac, Alaska designed the state flag.
6. Alaska has been called America's Last Frontier.
7. Every four years Alaskans elect a Governor and a Lieutenant Governor to four-year terms.
8. The Alaska State Legislature is made up of a Senate and a House of Representatives.
9. Twenty senators are elected to four-year terms; forty representatives serve two-year terms.
10. Alaska's Constitution was adopted in 1956 and became effective in 1959 making it the 49th state.
11. Nearly one-third of Alaska lies within the Arctic Circle.
12. The Alaska Highway was originally built as a military supply road during World War II.
13. The state boasts the lowest population density in the nation.
14. The discovery of gold in the Yukon began a gold rush in 1898. Later gold was discovered at Nome and Fairbanks.
15. Alaska is a geographical marvel. When a scale map of Alaska is superimposed on a map of the 48 lower states, Alaska extends from coast to coast.
16. The state's coastline extends over 6,600 miles.
17. Alaska is the United State's largest state and is over twice the size of Texas. Measuring from north to south the state is approximately 1,400 miles long and measuring from east to west it is 2,700 miles wide.
18. Agattu, Attu, and Kiska are the only parts of North America occupied by Japanese troops during World War II.
19. Oil is the state's most valuable natural resource. The area includes what is thought to be the largest oil field in North America.