Discover towns in Alaska, including history, pioneers, events and what made each town unique.
Alaska is a vast land, a frontier filled with villages, small towns and big cities. And each one has an incredible story to tell.
They discovered gold in the towns of Fairbanks, Juneau, and Nome. Just to name a few.
A major tribe of Tlingits first created a village called “Shee Atika” in Southeastern Alaska that later became Sitka.
Eskimos and the Tanaina Indians first established what would become Homer. In 1889, the town grew because of coal.
A fur trading post became Seward.
Discover the largest city in Alaska.
From its days as a rugged “tent City”, and how it became a town.
On the banks of the Chena river in the interior of Alaska, Fairbanks got its start as a trading post.
With the discovery of gold in nearby creeks, the area was quickly home to stampeders looking to get rich.
The Klondike Gold Rush put Skagway on the map.
Meet the early pioneers who braved harsh conditions and faced a con man named “Soapy” Smith to build a frontier town.
Discover this thriving city on the banks of the Gastineau Channel and learn how the discovery of gold started it all.
The Alaska Railroad, gold and two towns.
The story of Wasilla includes the Dena'ina Indian tribe, the town of Knik and nearby gold fields.
A fascinating history.
In 1741,The first to spot the Alaska mainland while he was leading a Russian expedition was Vitus Bering
43 years later in 1784, Three Saints Bay on Kodiak Island became the first permanent settlement of Russian explorers in Alaska.
Later, in the 1850s, Russia was in financial trouble and looked to the United States and U.S. President James Buchanan to purchase Alaska from them.
But the Civil War broke out in the United States and stalled talks with Russia.
Then, in 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward signed with Russia to purchase Alaska. The agreed price was roughly 2 cents an acre, or 7.2 million dollars.
Scoffers began calling his purchase of Alaska, “Seward's Folly” and “Seward's Ice Box”.
Many towns in Alaska came into existence because of natural riches including coal, gold and later, oil. And of course there are many thriving fishing and timber industries. Seward's purchase turned out to be a smart move.
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