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Did you know? On October 18, 1867, the U.S. took possession of Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million. 

At the time, the American public thought the land was worthless — and nicknamed Alaska “Andrew Johnson’s Polar Bear Garden.” No more, now that Americans have come to appreciate its abundant natural resources, its hardy and resourceful residents, and astounding beauty that even the most dedicated warm-weather fan can’t deny.

Feast your eyes on photographs of the Big, Beautiful, Alaska.

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