50 States in 50 Days: Alaska

What a find! Meredith Lopez stikes again! You go girl!

*** Correction: the Meredith who found this gem is, in fact Meredith Lopez, not Meredith Little as credited on Friday. Both Merediths have a knack for finding the seemingly impossible. My most sincere apologies for the mix up. I blame high fructose corn syrup.***
Only 7 states to go! Meredith came through with this awesome find yesterday. We also received Missouri, Michigan, Iowa plus some artful variations on plates we already have. What is going on in Florida and New Mexico that they have so many versions?
Today's state is Alaska, or "The Last Frontier" is the largest state of the union by land mass and became the 49th state in 1949. The name "Alaska" comes from the Aleut word, alaxsxaq, which means the object against which the action of the sea is directed. The Alaskan economy is dominated by the oil and gas production. While the short growing season means there isn't much in the way of agricultural production Alaska's fishing industry is huge.
Alaska is separated from Russia by Bering Strait a distance of only 3 miles between some islands. Contrary to popular misconceptions, it is not possible to see Russia from Wasilla, Alaska.
Notable Alaskan's include: Curt Schilling, Sarah Palin and Jewel.
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