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Alaska's State Seal

The state seal was designed in 1910 (many years before actual statehood!).

This was when the Alaska Territory was just beginning to recover from the gold rushes to the Interior, Cook Inlet, the Copper River area and Nome. The state capital had recently been moved to Juneau from Sitka, and Alaska had belonged to the United State for only a bit over 40 years.

bullet The rays above the mountains represent the northern lights.
bullet The smelter stands for mining.
bullet The train is for the railroads.
bullet The ships are for transportation at sea.
bullet The trees symbolize Alaska's forests.
bullet The farmer, horse and shocks of wheat stand for the state's agriculture.
bullet The fish and the seals (the mammals)  represent the importance of fishing and wildlife to the economy.

Sources: State of Alaska, &  "Alaska: A History of the 49th State" by Claus M. Naske and Herman E. Slotnick.

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