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Alaska is a huge state and an amazing place where civilization and wilderness exist on a grand scale.
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There are 3,197 officially named natural lakes, and hold on to your hat, because there are over 3,000,000 (million) unnamed natural lakes in the state.
The largest lake in Alaska is Lake Iliamna, located in Southwest Alaska 100 miles west of Seldovia, Alaska.
The lake is 77 miles long and up to 22 miles wide, with a depth of 988 feet.
Lake Iliamna is only the second largest lake in the United States. The largest is Lake Michigan.
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The design was created by a 13 year old Alaskan native named Benny Benson who entered a contest in 1927. Benny's flag design was chosen from 700 entries.
Benny's description of his design read: "The blue field is for the Alaska sky and the "forget-me-not", an Alaska flower. The North Star is for the future state of Alaska, the most northerly in the union. The dipper is for the great bear - symbolizing strength."
Benny's flag design flew over the territory of Alaska and 32 years later, when Alaska became the 49th state in the union and Benny's flag design continued as Alaska's official flag. Our thanks to Benny. You can see the Alaska flag on the top of this page.
Alaska is twice the size of Texas. Alaska measures 570,665 square miles, or 375 million acres. Alaska's shoreline is longer than the entire Atlantic Coast.
Alaska Halibut can be huge and in 1996, angler Jack Tragis hauled in a 459 pound halibut out of Unalaska Bay. I bet his arms were tired after that catch.
Back in 1914 a "tent city" sprang up near the mouth of Ship Creek. At first, the tent city was called "Ship Creek." But the founding fathers decided to rename it "Alaska City." Another possible name was "Lane" after Secretary of the Interior, Franklin D. Lane. "Matanuska" was considered as well.
Then the U.S. Post Office made the final choice of "Anchorage" - although some say it was named after a hardwood store called the Anchorage that was operating out of a boat anchored just off shore near the tent city. Anyway, "Anchorage" it was.
In 1910, Joe Spenard first came to Alaska from Ottawa, Canada.
In 1916 he came to Anchorage. Joe is credited with bringing the first automobile to Anchorage. He also began a hauling business called "City Express." His slogan was "Time and tide will not wait, but City Express is never late."
Joe Spenard also built a logging road from Anchorage to "Jeter Lake". The logging road became known as "Spenard Road" and the lake became "Spenard Lake."
Today, Spenard is one of the more colorful suburbs of Anchorage.
Here's to all those wonderful Anchorage Memories
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