November 2009

Submitted By: Tide Neto — Mt. McKinley Fall View
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2009 has been a big year for Alaska. From Ketchikan to Kenai, residents have been celebrating Alaska's 50th anniversary as the 49th state, and visitors have had chances to join in at events, such as a gala in Anchorage, a Fourth of July festival in Juneau and even at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Even as Alaska's 50th year of statehood comes to a close, opportunities to honor and discover the colorful history of the largest state continue into 2010. The Sitka National Historical Park, a park actually predating statehood, will turn 100 next year with dedications and festivities throughout the year. The state's largest festival, the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, will draw residents and visitors alike to its wacky events for the 75th year in February 2010. And Skagway celebrates the designation of its famous Broadway Street as one of "10 Great Streets for 2009." Join Alaska as it prepares to launch into another 50 years as the Last Frontier.
Alaskans' favorite winter pastime celebrates 75 years

Today Anchorage is a busy city of over 280,000 people with a plethora of winter recreation options. But in the 1930s, the town's 3,000 residents were looking to add a little spice to the winter season. Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, or Rondy as the locals call it, is the brainchild of a group of friends who began a three-day sporting event to coincide with the time that the miners and trappers came to town to sell their furs. Since then, Rondy has grown into a 10-day soirée earning international attention and drawing visitors from around the world. In February 2010, Rondy will celebrate its 75th anniversary, making it one of North America's longest running winter festivals.

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Sitka National Historical Park celebrates a century

While Alaska has been an official state for only 50 years, a handful of its national parks actually predate statehood. Alaska's oldest federally designated park, Sitka National Historical Park, will turn 100 in March 2010. The 113-acre park was established in 1910 to commemorate the 1804 Battle of Sitka, the last major conflict between Russia and the Alaska Natives. Visitors can celebrate the centennial celebration in Sitka in a variety of ways.

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Take a walk through history on a famous Skagway street

One historic street in Skagway immortalizes an important part of Alaska's history, the Gold Rush. Recently, the American Panning Association designated Broadway Street as one of the "10 Great Streets for 2009" as part of the association's Great Places in America program. Broadway is the first street in Alaska to receive this designation. A unique example of Alaska's Gold Rush history with its boardwalks and false front buildings, the street is also a part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Alaska's most-visited national park.

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