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6 Amazing Places In Alaska To Celebrate 152 Years Since It Became Part Of America

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Evie Fordham Politics and Health Care Reporter

Alaskans can celebrate 152 years as a part of the U.S. on Saturday, although Alaska didn’t receive statehood until 1959.

That’s because the U.S. bought the sprawling northern territory from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million, or about 2 cents per acre. But many people were not fans of the purchase — they called it “Seward’s Folly” because then-Secretary of State William Seward negotiated the deal.

But the territory soon proved it mettle. Gold had already been found along the Stikine River, which runs through both modern-day Alaska and British Columbia, in 1861. More gold was found around Juneau and Fortymile Creek in the 1880s, sparking a gold rush. (RELATED: El Chapo’s Beauty Queen Wife Will Launch A Clothing Brand Using His Name)

Alaska became the 49th state in 1959 and is known for its amazing natural beauty, especially in its eight national parks. Here are 10 amazing photos to celebrate its 152nd anniversary as part of the U.S:

Denali

Denali National Park and Preserve, home to the highest national peak in North America, attracts roughly 400,000 visitors a year, according to the National Parks Service.

A view of Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley, on September 1, 2015 in Denali National Park, Alaska. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

A view of Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley, on September 1, 2015 in Denali National Park, Alaska. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

Kenai River

This beautifully blue river is one of the most fished sites in the state.

People go fishing at sunset along the Kenai River in Alaska. Shutterstock image via user Amber Walker

People go fishing at sunset along the Kenai River in Alaska. Shutterstock image via user Amber Walker

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay is “a highlight of any Alaska cruise” that also contains mountains and rainforest, according to NPS.

A ship goes through Glacier Bay in Alaska. Shutterstock image via user Maridav

A ship goes through Glacier Bay in Alaska. Shutterstock image via user Maridav

Brooks Falls

Brown bears flock to Brooks Falls every summer for salmon.

Grizzly bears fishing for salmon at Brooks Falls in Alaska. Shutterstock image via user oksana.perkins

Grizzly bears fishing for salmon at Brooks Falls in Alaska. Shutterstock image via user oksana.perkins

Eagle River Nature Center

Eagle River Nature Center is a popular tourist spot located near Anchorage, Alaska.

Eagle River nature center at early morning, Eagle River, Alaska. Forty minutes from downtown Anchorage, Eagle River Nature Center is a gateway to Chugach State Park and a glacial river valley. Shutterstock image via user Jay Yuan

Eagle River nature center at early morning, Eagle River, Alaska. Forty minutes from downtown Anchorage, Eagle River Nature Center is a gateway to Chugach State Park and a glacial river valley. Shutterstock image via user Jay Yuan

Portage Glacier

Portage Glacier can be viewed by a boat ride across Portage Lake. It’s located on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula.

Portage Glacier is part of Chugach National Forest. Shutterstock image via user Susan R. Serna

Portage Glacier is part of Chugach National Forest. Shutterstock image via user Susan R. Serna

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