WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, January 3, 2019 Alaska Congressman Don Young introduced a House Resolution to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Alaska becoming a state.
“Today is a special day for Alaskans that marks sixty years of statehood. After a long struggle that began with the Alaska Purchase in 1867 that was followed up by becoming a territory in 1912, we finally gained equal standing among our fellow states in 1959,” said Congressman Young. “At just three cents an acre, Alaska has proven to be a great investment. The resolution I introduced today will honor Alaska and its people and celebrate our contributions and importance to the country.
“The year 1959 will always hold a special place in my heart. Not only is it the year my beloved Alaska came into the Union, it is the year I journeyed ‘North to the Future’ and made it my home. What a journey it has been! From becoming a teacher, riverboat captain, trapper, hunter, Mayor of Ft. Yukon, serving in the State Legislature, and countless other Alaskan experiences, every minute has been a joy. I’m honored every day that I’ve been elected to represent the people of Alaska while working to solve their problems and advocating on their behalf.”