The official state flag of Alaska was officially adopted in 1959. The golden stars represent the Big Dipper (an asterism in the constellation Ursa Major, the Big Bear) and the North Star, also called Polaris (representing Alaska’s northern location). This beautiful flag was chosen from a flag-designing contest. It was designed in 1926 by a 13-year-old Native American boy named Bennie Benson. Bennie was from the village of Chignik; he won a 1,000-dollar scholarship and a watch for winning the contest.

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State Facts

Admitted to Union
January 3, 1959 (49th state)
State Abbreviation
State Capital
Largest City
656,425 square miles [Alaska is the biggest state in the USA]
735,132 (as of 2013) [Alaska is the 47rd most populous state in the USA]
State Flower
Forget-me-not (genus Myosotis)
State Bird
Willow ptarmigan
Major Industries
oil (petroleum)
Major Rivers
Yukon River, Kuskokwim River, Colville River, Copper River
Major Lakes
Iliamna Lake, Aleknagik Lake, Becharof Lake, Clark Lake, Minchumina Lake
Highest Point
Mt. McKinley – 20,320 feet (6,194 m) above sea level – this is the highest point in the USA
Number of Counties
Bordering States