Alaska History Timeline

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First Russian Contact In Alaska

1732

First Permanent Russian Settlement in Kodiak

1784

Battle of Sitka

1802

Alaska's Borders Are Determined

1825

First Mission School For Eskimos

1835

Coal Mining Began at Coal Harbor

1857

Last Shot Of Civil War On Alaska Waters

1865

Sale of Alaska by Russia to the U.S.

1867

First Person to Pass the Chilkoot Trail

1874

Salmon Canning Industry Started

1878

Gold Discovered Near Juneau

1880

More Than 60,000 People Came in Search of Gold

1888

Klondike Gold Rush

1897

Nome Gold Rush

1899

Capitol Established In Juneau

1900

Tongass National Forrest Established

1907

Women In Alaska Get the Right to Vote

1913

Serum Run to Nome

1925

Alaska Highway Completed

1939

Japanese Bomb Dutch Harbor

1942

Constitution of Alaska Written and Approved

1956

Alaska Becomes 49th State

1959

Massive 9.2 Earthquake Felt in California

1964

Oil Discovered At Prudhoe Bay

1968

Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend Established

1976

Trans-Alaska Pipeline Finished

1977

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill - 11 Million Gallons Spilled

1989

Mining Becomes Fastest Growing Industry

1990

Mt. Spurr Volcano Erupts Three Times

1992

Fort Greely Becomes Missile Defense Site

2002

50th Anniversary of Alaska Statehood

2009