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5 Fun Facts About September 10 In Alaska History

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1. On September 10, 1897, gold was discovered in nearby Bonanza Creek, leading to the Klondike Gold Rush. Thousands of prospectors rushed to Alaska in search of riches, ultimately changing the economic landscape of the state.

2. On September 10, 1910, the S.S. Cordova, a steamship bound for Anchorage, sank in Cook Inlet after running aground. Miraculously, all 200 passengers and crew members survived, thanks in part to the heroic efforts of nearby fishermen.

3. On September 10, 1945, the Alaska Highway was officially opened to civilian traffic. Stretching over 1,500 miles from Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Fairbanks, Alaska, the highway was built during World War II as a military supply route but has since become a vital transportation link for the state.

4. On September 10, 2008, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, causing significant damage to buildings and infrastructure. Though no one was killed, the earthquake served as a reminder of Alaska's vulnerability to seismic activity.

5. On September 10, 2019, Democrat Mark Begich announced his candidacy for the United States Senate, challenging incumbent Republican Dan Sullivan. Though Begich ultimately ended his campaign a few months later, his candidacy served as a reminder of the fiercely competitive political landscape in Alaska.
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