Q. Could you give me the history of your state flag? Also, population of state and key cities. -Nancy
A. I’ll give you the history of the flag, Nancy, since I don’t believe that has been answered before. For the other part to your question, please check our archives. I like to send people to the archives to look for things because I know you’ll find other interesting and entertaining facts. When you finish a page of the archives, you can click on ‘previous entries’ and get more.
‘Modern’ Alaska was discovered by Bering in 1741, although I explained yesterday about very early peoples migrating across the land bridge from Asia.
A competition to design an Alaskan flag was won in 1927 by a 13 yr old named Benny Benson, who won $1,000. for his efforts. He must have felt rich since a thousand bucks would have gone a long way in 1927. This was even before we became a state of course. Benny used for his design the great north star and the bear constellation below. One change has been made in in his flag. That is just the shade of blue used. Benny had his flag a blue to match our state flower – the Forget Me Not. It is a pretty light blue. It was later changed to its present, darker blue to match the blue in Old Glory. – Bonnie J.