Q. I would like to know when Alaska became a state? -Greg
A. The United States got a real bargain when they purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for 7.2 million. They acquired land area of 571,951 square miles; making it larger than the next 4 largest states combined. Yowser! That is big.
We became a state on January 3, 1959, becoming the 49th state.
We are only 3 miles from Russia, believe it or not. That is the distance between Big Diomede Island and Little Diomede Island – one of them owned by us and one by Russia.