Milestones: Alaska: Our 49th State Turns 50

1867
U.S. Secretary of State William Seward OKs purchase of Alaska territory from Russia for $7.2 million.

1896
Gold is discovered in the Klondike. Thousands of fortune seekers will pass through Alaska on their way to the Yukon River valley.

1959
On January 3, Alaska, bigger than Texas plus California plus Montana, joins up 49th state.

1977
First gallon of oil enters the 800 mile-long Trans-Alaska Pipeline at Prudhoe Bay.

2008
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin runs for U.S. vice president on the Republican ticket.

In October, learn about cruising the Last Frontier at a free presentation, OnStage Alaska! Book a cruise at the show and receive up to $300 in shipboard credits. Contact your AAA branch or visit AAA.com/goalaska.

This article was first published in September 2009. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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