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Joe Juneau discovered gold in 1889 and ushered in the gold rush era. It most important revenue is
  the oil and gas industry.  It accounts for 25% of the oil produced in the United States. Fishing and    
       seafood industry is the states largest private industry employer. The official state sport is dog mushing. 
      Rhode Island could fit into Alaska 425 times. Its name comes from the Eskimo word Alakshak meaning
 great lands or peninsula. Largest Cities: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Sitka, and Soldotna-Border
           States: None. 
Capital City: Juneau-Statehood: January 3, 1959 (49th)-Population: 620,000 Nickname:Last
        Frontier, Great Land, Land of the Midnight Sun-Motto:North To The Future-Origin of State Name: Russian
          version of Aleutian word "Alakshak" meaning "great lands" or "peninsula."-Counties: 25-Largest Cities:    
        Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Sitka, Soldotna-Border States: None-Land Area: 570,833 sq. mi., Largest
   state-Highest Point: Mt. Mckinley, 20,320 ft Lowest Point: Pacific Ocean, sea level-State Bird: Willow  
       Ptarmigan -State Flower:Forget Me Not (myosotis alpestris)-State Tree: Sitka spruce (picea sitchensis)   
State Song: Alaska's Flag-State Web Site:
www.state.ak.us

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