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.
A giant snowman named Snowzilla is created every year in Anchorage, Alaska. In 2008, the city attempted to stop the creation of Snowzilla, and on Christmas morning there were sign-carrying snowmen “protesting” that attempt in front of city hall.
Liquor sales in Alaska aren’t allowed on Election Day until the polls close.
The Alaska Railroad still allows passengers to wave a white cloth along the route and the train will stop to pick them up.
The USA and Russia have islands that are just 2.5 miles apart, and the water between them freezes over in the winter. So technically you can walk from the USA to Russia.
There are no law schools in Alaska. It is the only state without a law school.