History and Trivia

Browsing Stories from Alaska

“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