Tuesday, October 18, 2005
In Sitka, Alaska, on October 18, 1867, the great land of Alaska was transferred from Russia to the United States.
The Russian Double Eagle was lowered for the last time, and the Stars and Stripes made their first appearance over Alaska in a ceremony formalizing the transfer of the territory of Alaska from Tsarist Russia to the United States of America at the incredible purchase price of approximately two cents per acre.
I work today. So do a lot of other Alaskans on Alaska Day. I did notice in the paper that the two museums are closed and so are state and city offices and courts. But that's it. The buses will run, the garbage will be picked up and the parking meter patrol will be around. Oh, Bird TLC will be open also.
Happy Alaska Day!
Posted by Dave @ Around Alaska on Tuesday, October 18, 2005