History and Trivia

Browsing Stories from Alaska

Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park

Gold! Gold! Gold! In 1896, the Klondike Gold Rush drew around 100,000 prospectors, laborers and entrepreneurs to the Yukon Territories and Dawson City, Southeast Alaska and Skagway, the Yukon River and beyond, with all routes leading to potential fortunes. Some struck gold and had their lives instantly changed. But most grand dreams of gold were met with the reality of... Read More

When I was 23, I went to Alaska by myself into the glaciers of the coast range and climbed a mountain by myself. It was incredibly reckless, incredibly stupid. But I was lucky. And I survived, and I came back to tell my story.

— Jon Krakauer

Alaska is what happens when Willy Wonka and the witch from Hansel and Gretel elope, buy a place together upstate, renounce their sweet teeth, and turn into health fanatics.

— Sloane Crosley
What Are Alaska’s 5 Most Bizarre Claims To Fame?

We know, you're dying to know! These are the ultimate cocktail party teasers and are sure to get the party rolling once your friends find out you're on your way to ALASKA. Here Are Alaska’s 5 Most Bizarre Claims To Fame: CLAIM #1: Free money for everyone! For at least one day every fall, Alaskans feel flush with cash. That’s because since 1982,... Read More

To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.

— John Muir
Native American Totem Poles in Alaska

Standing tall, colorful, powerful and somewhat mysteriously are some of Alaska's most intriguing treasures and unique storytellers – Native American totem poles. While beautiful, these intricately and creatively carved and painted cedar tree structures are far more than local Alaska art. The carvings are monuments created by the indigenous Haida, Tsimshian and Tlingit artists of the region whose totem poles tell... Read More

John Muir, the famous naturalist, wrote in his journal that you should never go to Alaska as a young man because you'll never be satisfied with any other place as long as you live. And there's a lot of truth to that.

— Tom Bodett

For sheer majestic geography and sublime scale, nothing beats Alaska and the Yukon.

— Sam Abell
3 Things You Won’t Believe About Alaska’s Iditarod

The Iditarod Sled Dog Race is the world’s longest dogsledding race, extending over 1000 miles through some of the roughest and wildest country in Alaska.   The first Iditarod race was held in 1973 to honor the long history and tradition of dog mushing in Alaska.  Before trucks and planes, dog teams were used in Alaska to transport goods, deliver mail,... Read More

“But why Alaska?' I asked her. 'Well, later, I found out what it means. It's from an Aleut word, Alyeska. It means 'that which the sea breaks against,' and I love that. But at the time, I just saw Alaska up there. And it was big, just like I wanted to be.”

— John Green

The light in Alaska in particular is so beautiful. So beautiful! Such incredible light.

— Sebastiao Salgado
Alaska’s Gold Rush

Long before tour buses, cruise ships and jet planes brought travelers with dreams of fun to Alaska, thousands of hearty travelers with big dreams of striking it rich came north to Alaska. In many ways, gold put Alaska on the map. Through the 1800's, gold was discovered in all corners of the state, first by Russians and later by long-traveling, hardworking... Read More