Happy Alaska Day! Here’s the scoop on it. October 18 has been celebrated as a State holiday since 1917. It commemorates the transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the U.S. on Oct. 18, 1867. The U.S. purchased Alaska from the Russian Empire on March 30,1867 for $7.2 million. That works out to be less than $0.02/acre. Seems like a pretty good deal, don’t you think? So, celebrate with us by eating some wild salmon steaks or caribou sausage, watching the Northern Lights dance in the sky or learning some more unique facts about the 49th United State.