Alaska Day

Contest Info

  • Started: 10/18/2011 11:20
  • Ended: 10/21/2011 17:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 12
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Alaska Day
Contest Directions: Today is Alaska Day which is an official statewide holiday. Alaska Day is observed every year on October 18 in anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States which happened in Fort Sitka on October 18, 1867. Prior to this formal transfer, Alaska was sold by Russians for $7,200,000 on March 30, 1867. Alaska's name is based on the Eskimo word Alakshak meaning great lands or peninsula. Alaska employees get a paid day off on Alaska Day.
In honor of Alaska Day, photoshop tourism posters inviting people to visit Alaska. Think what kind of local attractions Alaska may offer to Americans from other states, as well as to the international visitors. Sarah Palin is one of the Alaska's attractions for sure :) Here's an interesting page offering many Alaska facts and some Alaska laws.

Contest Info

    • Started: 10/18/2011 11:20
    • Ended: 10/21/2011 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 12
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
This gallery only contains our top 10 selections from its parent contest Alaska Day. All 12 contest pictures can be viewed here.
  • Sarah Palin Fishing in Alaska

    Sarah Palin Fishing in Alaska
  • Visit Alaska and Ice Fish

    Visit Alaska and Ice Fish
  • Sarah Palin Eating Alaskan Fish

    Sarah Palin Eating Alaskan Fish
  • Visit American Gothic Iceberg Alaska

    Visit American Gothic Iceberg Alaska
  • Alaska: Fishings Great For Eagles

    Alaska: Fishings Great For Eagles
  • Welcome To Alaska Advert

    Welcome To Alaska Advert
  • Alaskan Hippy Sled

    Alaskan Hippy Sled
  • Alaskan Travel Center

    Alaskan Travel Center
  • Alaska Santa's Summer Hideout

    Alaska Santa's Summer Hideout
  • Animals Happy in Alaska

    Animals Happy in Alaska
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This contest is fueled by the following news: History of Alaska: Between 1899 and 1910, gold prospectors extracted gold worth more than 46 million USD. On July 22, 1902, Italian Felix Pedro discovered gold in the Tanana Hills and this discovery marked the beginning for the formation of Fairbanks. During the period 1907 - 1911, following the discovery of gold deposits at Ruby Creek, gold prospectors founded a city "Ruby" on the Yukon. By 1917, gold worth 875 000 USD was produced. 1902 - 1923: Construction of a railroad in Alaska. In 1914, the railway line connected Seward with Fairbanks. Then, the headquarters moved to Sheep Creek, which with time, evolved into the city of Anchorage. 1900 - 1904: Construction of telegraph lines "Washington-Alaska Military Cable and the Telegraph System", which not only connected the isolated military forts, erected to protect gold extracting regions but also linked Alaska with the US. 1905: The U.S. Congress formed a Commission, headed by Brigadier General Wilds P. Richardson for constructing the roads, which would enable them to connect the interior regions of Alaska with the coastline and contribute to the development of trade and the settling of people on the territory. In 1910, under the guidance of the General, 610 km road was laid from Port Valdez to Fairbanks (The Richardson Highway). By 1932, 1981km roads, 119 km of tramway lines, 2405 km sled roads, 7614 trails, 529 temporary roads were laid and 26 aerodromes and 32 shelters were built worth USD 18 million. 1910: The beginning of copper production in Kennecott in Wrangell Mountains - St. Elias. Copper worth around 200 million USD was extracted from 1911 to 1938. August 24, 1912: According to the second Organic Act, the Department of Alaska was made the Territory of Alaska. This law allowed the local legislature to adopt laws, but should be upheld by the Congress. The last governor of the Department of Alaska, Walter E. Clark was made first governor of the Territory of Alaska. 1920: Federal government adopted the so-called "Jones Act" (Merchant Marine Act), a maritime trade statute, regulating maritime trade in U.S. waters and between the U.S. ports. Under this law, all vessels under the American flag, importing or exporting goods into/from Alaska, should be built in the United States and should be owned by US carriers and also should first arrive in Seattle (Washington) before embarking on a further journey. Sea carriers from Vancouver, Canada, were much cheaper for Alaska and more over, the businessmen from Seattle, taking advantage of the situation, hiked the transportation charges, which immediately affected the cost of living in Alaska. Such dependence prevented the development of trade in Alaska, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the status of Alaska as a territory, is not covered by the articles of the U.S. Constitution, which says that one state should not have control over the trade of another state. 1920: Alaska's population reached 55000 people and for the first time, the white population outnumbered the population of aboriginals. 1929: The Great Depression hit the two main products produced in Alaska - fish and copper and led to a drop in the workforce. In 1935, Roosevelt, within the frameworks of the "New Deal", proposed to relocate the colonists from the agricultural regions of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, who were badly affected by the depression, to Matanuska - Susitna Valley (south-east Alaska). One thousand were selected out of 15000 colonists and around 200 families reached Alaska in April 1935 and formed the Matanuska Colony. After 5 years, more than half of the colony left the valley. 1940: Seeing a potential threat in Japan, the U.S. Congress allocated funds for constructing aerodromes and military bases as well as roads, which would connect Alaska with the remaining US territory. In 1940, out of 75000 citizens of Alaska, around 1000 were soldiers. By 1943, the number of soldiers increased up to 152000 out of an overall population of 233 000 citizens of Alaska. June 3, 1942 - August 15, 1943: During World War II, Japanese forces launched a series of attacks on the Aleutian islands. 1949: The formation of the "Alaska Statehood Committee" under the leadership of Ernest H. Gruening, governor of Alaska. In 1950, the House of Representatives with 186 against 146 votes upholding the project of giving statehood to Alaska, but the bill was blocked in the Senate, conservatively by geared up republicans with the support of Eisenhower, President of the USA. 1950: Discovery of oil in north of Kenai Peninsula. In 1968, the largest oil field in Alaska was discovered in Prudhoe Bay. November 9, 1955: Senator Ernest H. Gruening spoke to the delegates of the Constitutional Assembly in Fairbanks with the speech: "Let Us Now End American Colonialism". In this speech, the senator compared the movement to achieve statehood to Alaska with the American War for Independence. April 24, 1956: Ratification of the Constitution of Alaska, which was effective from January 3, 1959, when Alaska was granted US statehood. 1956: Alaska joined the "Tennessee Plan", which allowed it to choose their delegates in Congress without waiting for an official act, adopted by Congressmen. Senators Ernest H. Gruening, William A. Egan, members of the House of Representatives, Bob Bartlett and Ralph J. Rivers, worked hard to lobby for granting statehood to Alaska. In the summer of 1957, the most important of their opponents, Speaker of House of Representatives, Samuel T. Rayburn changed his opinion and agreed to put the project up for voting. July 7, 1958: President Eisenhower signed the official Alaska Statehood Act. January 3, 1959: Alaska became the 49th state of the USA. The first governor of Alaska was William A. Egan March 27, 1964: The earthquake on Good Friday in central and southern Alaska December 18, 1971: President Nixon signed the "Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act" (abbr. ANCSA). For 962 million 500 thousand USD 180 and access to 180 000 kmē, the native population of Alaska withdrew its claim on the land as their native habitat. 1977: The laying of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.
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