Alaska Tourism

Contest Info

  • Started: 10/19/2010 10:30
  • Ended: 10/22/2010 17:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 20
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Alaska Tourism
Contest Directions: This Monday the residents of Alaska celebrated 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 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: 10/19/2010 10:30
    • Ended: 10/22/2010 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 20
    • 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 22 selections from its parent contest Alaska Tourism. All 20 contest pictures can be viewed here.
  • Sarah Palin in Alaska Tourism Poster

    Sarah Palin in Alaska Tourism Poster
  • Sarah Palin Hunting

    Sarah Palin Hunting
  • Polar Bear Relaxing in Alaska

    Polar Bear Relaxing in Alaska
  • Sarah Palin Ice Fishing

    Sarah Palin Ice Fishing
  • Sarah Palin and a Bear

    Sarah Palin and a Bear
  • Frozen Alaska Tourism Poster

    Frozen Alaska Tourism Poster
  • Alaska Emperess Sarah Palin

    Alaska Emperess Sarah Palin
  • Alaskan Hotel

    Alaskan Hotel
  • Vacation in Alaska

    Vacation in Alaska
  • Sarah Palin Riding a Bear

    Sarah Palin Riding a Bear
  • Woman Flying Over Mountains

    Woman Flying Over Mountains
  • Alaskan Lights at Night

    Alaskan Lights at Night
  • Sarah Palin Fishing in Alaska

    Sarah Palin Fishing in Alaska
  • Sarah Palin Riding a Horse in Alaska

    Sarah Palin Riding a Horse in Alaska
  • Sarah Palin Sleeping at the Bears House

    Sarah Palin Sleeping at the Bears House
  • Sarah Palin and a Friendly Alaskan Bear

    Sarah Palin and a Friendly Alaskan Bear
  • Alaska Vacation Guide

    Alaska Vacation Guide
  • At Home in Alaska

    At Home in Alaska
  • Baby Going Down a Mountain

    Baby Going Down a Mountain
  • Drinking with Sarah Palin

    Drinking with Sarah Palin
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This contest is fueled by the following news: The State of Alaska, abbreviated AK is a north-western state of America, U.S, which is separated from other American states by Canada. Alaska – is the largest, with respect to area of the states of the USA, which is famous for its natural resources. The following are found on the territory of Alaska: more than 3 million lakes and 3000 rivers - theYukon River is the third longest river in the United States; 100 000 glaciers (5% of the surface area of Alaska); the highest peak of North America - Mount McKinley; and around 70 active volcanoes. Each year, Alaska experiences around 5000 earthquakes, of which 1000 earthquakes measure 3.5 on Richter scale. It's poetic nickname is " The Last Frontier". Alaska is called so because it was the last territory in the North American continent, which received the status of the 49th U.S. state on January 3, 1959, and also because of its remoteness from the main US territory and the diversity of the landscape and climate. Another nickname of Alaska is " The Land of the Midnight Sun". The area of Alaska is 1717854 km ² (of which 236 507 km² - area of water resources). The population of Alaska is 670 000 (according to a 2006 census) The administrative center is Juneau and the coordinates are: Latitude: 58 º 18 'N, Longitude : 134 º 24' W The time zones: the continental part of the state is included in the Alaska Time Zone, Aleutian Islands and St. Lawrence - Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone. 8 Thus, time difference for the Alaska Peninsula with Washington is 4 hrs and for the islands - 5 hrs. History of Alaska: October 29, 1867: The Military District of Alaska (The Department of Alaska) with the center in Sitka came under the control of the U.S. Army led by Brigadier General Jefferson C. Davis. Military garrisons were also erected on the Kodiak Island and Kenai Peninsula. 1867 - 1877: For 10 years, Alaska was under the jurisdiction of the US Army, which, in the absence of proper guidance from federal government, with difficulty fulfilled its functions in controlling the lives of the native and white population, but still managed to avoid serious conflicts between them and contributed to the development of trade and the study of the region. Since the early 1870s, troops gradually started withdrawing out of Alaska and the last formation moved out of Sitka on June 14, 1877. 1877 - 1879: Alaska formally came under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Treasury, but actually remained without supervision by federal government, since the only representative of the U.S. government – the collector of customs duties, moved out of Sitka along with the troops. In early 1879, fearing the armed clashes with the American Tlingits, the white population of Sitka appealed to Washington, with a request to send military forces. The sluggishness of the federal government forced the citizens of Sitka to seek help from the British military on Vancouver Island, which sent a warship "Osprey", which arrived in the port of Sitka on March 1, 1879 and remained there until the arrival of the ship "Alaska" from the US Navy on the 3rd of April. Soon, the official representative of the U.S. government arrived in Sitka for collecting the imposts and the ship "Jamestown" anchored in the Sitka port on the 13th of April. Captain Lester E. Beardslee of the "Jamestown" ship became the commander of the Department of Alaska. 1878: The opening of the first canning factories to process salmon in Sitka and Klawock. The abundant salmon trade led to the first economic boom in Alaska. In the 1880s, the canneries spread from south east Alaska to the north west and their products increased significantly (from 9 thousand cases in 1881 to 714 000 - in 1888). By 1900, 42 plants manufactured around 1.5 million cases and by 1917, Alaska accounted for 50% of the canned salmon production in the world. 1879 - 1884: Alaska was under the jurisdiction of the US Navy. With the help of maritime authorities and Olinda Austin from New York, a Presbyterian school was opened on April 13, 1880 in Sitka and the school was attended by 103 students. In 1880, the first census was conducted in Alaska and the total population was 33 426 people, of which only 430 were whites. May 17, 1884: As per the suggestion of President Chester A. Arthur, the U.S. Congress passed the Organic Act, which allowed it to establish a civil government in Alaska, headed by Governor John Henry Kinkead and convert the Department of Alaska into the District of Alaska. 1884 - 1897: The military maintained its presence in Sitka, where, in addition to smaller ships for guarding the coastline, the ship "Pinta", of the US Navy constantly anchored until 1897. Furthermore, several expeditions into the interiors of Alaska were taken up by the US Navy (the expedition of Lieutenant Frederick Schwatka in 1883, Lieutenant Henry Allen in 1884, Lt. George Stoney and John L. Cantwell in Kobuk River area in 1884 - 1887 etc.). In 1878, small gold deposits were discovered for the first time near Sitka and after 9 years, the first gold mining company (Alaska Treadwell Gold Mining Company) was opened in 1887, which, in 1917 produced gold worth 67 million USD. 1896 - 1917: With the discovery of gold in the Klondike River Basin on the territory of Yukon and in the beginning of July, 1897, gold mining companies were pulled to Alaska. They travelled by ship up to Skagway or Dyea in the South-east of Alaska and then walked through the mountains along the Chilkoot Trail or over the "White Pass" through Dead Horse Trail. Another track passed through the St. Michael Island at the mouth of the Yukon River. When gold was found on the shores of Nome (south of the Seward Peninsula, Norton Sound), then around 15000 to 20000 people came to the shores of the Bering Sea in search of their fortune.
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