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Photograph of Anchorage Daily Times Proclaiming Alaska Statehood

Alaska is the 49th state admitted to the Union and is a huge source of oil and gold. But do you know anything else about this rugged frontier? We at Eden Entertainment Limited, Inc. decided to produce a handy book for the visitor and local alike.

It's called "True Secrets of Alaska Revealed!"

Full of questions and answers going through hundreds of years of Alaska history. The questions are carefully researched, photographed and indexed for your reading or browsing pleasure. Some samples of the questions in the book are below.

(Photograph of Anchorage Daily Times used by permission, Alaska State Library - Historical Collections, all rights reserved.)

Are there volcanoes in Alaska?

Picture of Tolsona Mud Volcanoe

Yes, Alaska has more volcanoes than any state including Hawaii. There is even one made out of mud, kind of like the one in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but bigger and not built by Richard Dreyfuss.

You can walk to the mud volcano from the Tolsona Wilderness Campground on mile 173 of the Glenn Highway. It's actually a warm spring, approximately 25 feet high and as big around as two football fields. At the crest are vents bubbling out methane gas and lukewarm water laced with sodium and calcium chloride.

What is that strange building that looks like an igloo between Denali Park and Anchorage? Picture of "The Igloo" It's the only hotel in Alaska that doesn't allow loitering. Leon Smith and his wife Elizabeth started building "The Igloo" in 1972 as a 40-unit hotel. Although supposedly built to code, the hotel has never actually opened for business.

As of early 2002 it stands empty, waiting to be completed at mile marker 188.5 of the Parks Highway. There is however a snack shop, fuel and postcards for sale on the site.

Is the North Pole in Alaska? Picture of Santa Claus Statue in North Pole Alaska The place on the globe known as the North Pole is not, but there is a town in Alaska called North Pole.

About 20 minutes from Fairbanks, North Pole got its name in the early 1950s as a gimmick to lure toy manufacturers to town. The toy companies never came but the holiday spirit is alive and well, year round, in a town with candy cane street lamps and a 42 foot high fiberglass statue of Santa Claus that weighs about 900 pounds and has a 33 foot waist!

Whose shoes are bronzed in the Anchorage Museum of History and Art? Photograph of Bishop's Boots Bill Bishop, the geologist from Richfield Oil who marked where to drill for oil. Bishops heel mark was nothing short of extraordinary. It marked the first profitable oil well ever in Alaska and was the first drilling attempt there by the Richfield Oil Company.

Had Bishop made that mark 100 yards farther away the Swanson River oil well would have been another land office statistic, the 166th nonproductive Alaskan oil well. Fortunately, Bill Bishops boots were made for drilling, and that's just what they'll do...

(Bronzed boots of William C. Bishop. Photo courtesy Anchorage Museum of History and Art, all rights reserved.)

What plant can supposedly tell when winter is coming? Picture of Fireweed Plant The fireweed or epilobium angustifolium. This fuschia flower blooms in July and legend has it that when the blooms reach the top of the stalks winter is only about six weeks away. This may come as a surprise to those of you who didn't know winter was ever six weeks away in Alaska.
Does the University of Alaska launch rockets? Photograph of University of Entrance to Alaska Rocket Range

Buy the book! Inside we'll reveal the answers to this and dozens of other fascinating facts. We can't reveal ALL our secrets online!

True Secrets of Alaska Revealed!

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