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5 Fun Facts About April 29 In Alaska History

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1. In 1867, the United States purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million, which is equivalent to around $130 million today. This purchase, known as the Alaska Purchase, marked the transfer of the territory from Russian to American control.

2. In 1899, the Nome gold rush began when a group of prospectors discovered gold on the beaches of Nome, Alaska. The rush brought thousands of people to the area in search of wealth, and helped to establish Nome as an important mining town in Alaska.

3. In 1912, Mount Katmai, a volcano located on the Alaska Peninsula, erupted in one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history. The eruption created the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, a 40 square mile area of volcanic ash and steam.

4. In 1957, the first power plant in Alaska was established in the town of Ketchikan. The plant, which was powered by diesel generators, provided electricity to the town and helped to spur economic growth in the region.

5. In 2011, the Alaska Marine Highway System celebrated its 50th anniversary. The ferry system, which is the only transportation link for many coastal communities in Alaska, has provided vital transportation services to residents, tourists, and businesses throughout the state.
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