Alaska, the Last Frontier

Alaska, the Last Frontier

by Sandra Merville Hart Alaska’s official nickname is The Last Frontier. It is also known as The Land of the Midnight Sun. Alaska’s early history The Russians establish their first permanent settlement at Unalaska in 1772. Their first settlement on Kodiak Island at Three Saint’s Bay was built in 1784. Seward’s Folly U.S. Secretary of State William Seward wanted to expand our country’s holdings. He negotiated for the United States to purchase Alaska from Russia in 1867. We paid $7,200,000 in gold or about 2 cents an acre. Even at the low cost, folks at the time believed the land offered nothing of value to the country and called it “Seward’s Folly.” History proved that Seward made a wise choice. The shortest day in Alaska December 21st, winter...

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Denali National Park

Denali National Park

Denali National Park is located in Alaska and is the home of Mount McKinley. At 20,320 feet, this is North America’s tallest peak. The park was established in 1917 and is about the size of Massachusetts. Denali Park Road The Denali Park Road, ninety-two miles long, is the only road in the park. The first fifteen miles leads to Savage River and is paved. There are many places to stop and take pictures. If it’s not cloudy, you can see the snowy Mount McKinley after driving nine miles on the park road. Tour buses  Denali Park Road turns into a gravel road after the fifteen mile marker. Visitors can take shuttle buses, tour buses, or courtesy buses to go farther along the road. The tour buses include guides that share information about the park. Huskies...

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