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Official Symbols of Alaska

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willow ptarmigan The Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) was named the State BIRD on February 4, 1955. The Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 bolt-action rifle became Alaska's official State BOLT-ACTION RIFLE on July 30, 2014.  
Alaskan Malamute The Alaskan Malamute was designated the official State DOG on April 18, 2010, thanks to the efforts of students at Polaris K-12 School in Anchorage (guided by teachers Terry Powers, Jamie Rodriguez, and Carol Bartholomew). The Giant King Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) became the official State FISH in 1962. giant king salmon
Alaska State Flag The state Flag was designed by a 13-year-old schoolboy, and was adopted in 1927. The blue field is for the sky and the forget-me-not, the state flower. The North Star is for the future of the state of Alaska, the most northerly of the Union. The dipper is for the Great Bear, symbolizing strength. The Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis alpestris) became the official State FLOWER in 1917. the forget-me-not
wooly mammoth The state FOSSIL is the Wooly Mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius), as per an act of the 1986 State Legislature. Jade was named the State GEM in 1968. Alaska has large deposits of the gem, including an entire mountain of jade on the Seward Peninsula. a jade bear
  Alaska has two official state HOLIDAYS. Seward's Day, celebrated on the last Monday in March, commemorates the signing of the treaty by which the United States bought Alaska from Russia, signed on March 30, 1867. Alaska Day, celebrated on October 18, celebrates the anniversary of the formal transfer of the territory and the raising of the U.S. flag at Sitka on October 18, 1867. The State INSECT is the Four Spot Skimmer Dragonfly (Libellula quadrimaculata). The bill to so designate this insect was introduced by Senator Georgianna Lincoln on behalf of elementary students in her district, and passed by the 1995 State Legislature. four spot skimmer dragonfly
moose The State LAND MAMMAL is the Moose (Alces alces), which was so designated in 1998. The State MARINE MAMMAL is the Bowhead Whale (Balaena mysticetus), as per the 1983 State Legislature. bowhead whale
gold Gold, which has played a major role in Alaska's history, was named the official State MINERAL in 1968. The state Motto, "North to the Future," was chosen in 1967 during the Alaska Purchase Centenial and was created by Juneau newsman Richard Peter. The motto is meant to represent Alaska as a land of promise.  
  The state Nickname is "The Last Frontier," which alludes to the fact that much of Alaska remains unpopulated. The state SEAL was originally designed in 1910. The rays above the mountains represent the Northern Lights. The smelter symbolizes mining. The train stands for Alaska's railroads, and ships denote transportation by sea. The trees symbolize Alaska's wealth of forests, and the farmer, his horse, and the three shocks of wheat represent Alaskan agriculture. The fish and the seals signify the importance of fishing and wildlife to Alaska's economy. It was officially adopted in 1913. The Seal of the State of Alaska
dog mushing Dog Mushing, which was once a primary form of transportation in many areas of Alaska, was named the official State SPORT in 1972. The Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis), which is found in southeastern and central Alaska, was named the official State TREE in 1962. Sitka spruce

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