Posted by: Ron DuBour | January 27, 2014

Destination America~ALASKA~by rldubour


Monday! time for Destination America through poetry, In Alpha order the great state of:

 

ALASKA

Alaska is the largest state,
Known as the last frontier.
Actually a peninsula,
The largest in the hemisphere.

For some idea how large this is,
Picture this in your mind
The smallest state Rhode Island,
Would fit four hundred, fifty nine times!

Record low of minus eighty,
To keep warm they must dress right.
Six months of dark, six months of light.
I’d get confused ‘Tween day and night

The Eskimo word Alakshak
Mean’s great lands or peninsula.
Motto: “Is north to the future,”
For show a flower called Calendula.

The Sitka Spruce is the state tree,
Dog mussing is still their sport.
Juneau is the state capital.
Only accessible by air or port!

A Four Spot Skimmer Dragonfly
The official Alaskan insect
And the bird is a Willow Ptarmigan
Both often pronounced incorrect.

Jade is the official gem stone,
The main mineral is still Gold.
The flower is Forget Me Not
The animal is the Moose, I’m told.

The oil that this state produces is
Eighty eight thousand barrels per hour.
The pipeline ending in Valdez
To be stored in oil towers.

Mount McKinley the highest peak
In all of North America.
About the size of Connecticut
The largest lake, Lake Lliamna.

Famous names we can read about
Just a few that I will mention
Juneau, Lathrop, Muir, and Bering
Egan, Bartlett and there’s Benson

The time has come to say good-bye
And view the next state on our list.
From the far north to the deep south
In-between will not be missed.

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Statehood, January 3, 1959 the 49th state
Capital is Juneau

 

AUTHOR NOTES:

If one wanted to visit Juneau the capital of Alaska, you can not drive there, ONLY by plane or boat!

Outsiders first discovered Alaska in 1741 when Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia.
Russian whalers and fur traders on Kodiak Island established the first settlement in Alaska in 1784.
In 1867 United States Secretary of State William H. Seward offered Russia $7,200,000, or two cents per acre, for Alaska.
On October 18, 1867 Alaska officially became the property of the United States. Many Americans called the purchase
“Seward’s Folly.”
Joe Juneau’s 1880 discovery of gold ushered in the gold rush era.
In 1943 Japan invaded the Aleutian Islands, which started the One Thousand Mile War, the first battle fought on American
soil since the Civil War.
The fishing and seafood industry is the state’s largest private industry employer.
Most of America’s salmon, crab, halibut, and herring come from Alaska.
The term Alaska native refers to Alaska’s original inhabitants including Aleut, Eskimo and Indian groups.


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