In 2012, pranksters posted flyers falsely claiming a Taco Bell would be opening in their small Alaskan city of 6,000. When Taco Bell discovered this, they shipped in the ingredients for 10,000 tacos.
In Alaska, it is illegal to be drunk in a bar. Per state laws, a person who is already drunk may not “knowingly” enter a bar to drink more, or remain in the bar that got them drunk in the first place.
In Alaska, plants can grow freakishly large due to the 20 hours of sunshine they receive per day – which gives them a photosynthesis bonus. Examples include 138 lb cabbage, 65 lb cantaloupe, and 35 lb broccoli. A noted side effect is that the produce is also much sweeter due to the extra sunlight.
Utqiaġvik (formerly known as Barrow), Alaska, saw its last sunset for 65 days Monday afternoon, The next sunrise will be Jan. 23 of 2020. The towns population is 4,000.
The final science exam for 8th grade students in Ketchikan Alaska is a 2 night survival trip on an uninhabited island.
The USA paid more for the construction of Central Park (1876, $7.4 million), than it did for the purchase of the entire state of Alaska (1867, $7.2 million).
A section of passenger railroad in Alaska called the Hurricane Turn. Rather than making scheduled station stops, it operates as a flag-stop meaning passengers in this remote area can simply wave the train down to stop. It’s one of the last true flag-stop trains in the U.S.
Carl McCunn, a wildlife photographer, arranged to be flown out to remote Alaskan wilderness but forgot to schedule when he’d be picked up. He wrote of a plane spotting him stranded, in his excitement he accidentally gave the pilot an “All is well” signal, his diary was found with his body.
The least-visited national park in the U.S. is the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in Alaska, which lies entirely north of the Arctic Circle and has “no established roads, trails, visitor facilities, or campgrounds.”
Reindeer aren’t native to Alaska. Sheldon Jackson purchased them from Siberia to help with the food shortages in the late 1800s. He brought in 16 and by the late 1930s there were 640,000.