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History of Alaska
It was in 1867 that Russia sold Alaska to the United States for 7.2 million dollars, and it was a bargain! Alaska is a vast wilderness with 39 mountain ranges, 12,000 rivers, and 100,000 glaziers with apertures large enough for a house. And there are 33,000 miles of coastline with three million lakes.
Wild animals like bears, moose, elk, beaver, giant cats, and many others are among the wilderness with avalanches, never-ending snowstorms, and active volcanoes.
The Alaskan triangle is mapped from Utklagaviq on the north coast, then to Anchorage, and finally to Juneau. It is comprised of rugged wilderness with dense forests and Alpine lakes. But, there are many legends, mysteries, and theories of planes disappearing, UFOs, missing persons, and boats disappearing. After extensive searches, no one ever saw or found any wreckage.
Within the last fifty years, some 20,000 people have gone missing in Alaska, more than anywhere else in the world. In fact, one whole town, Portlock, was abandoned leaving it a ghost town located on the southern edge of the Kenai Penninsula.
Missing Plane of 1972 vanished.
In October 1972, one of the most famous planes vanished with U.S. House majority leader Hale Boggs, Alaska congressman Nick Begich, aide Russell Bram, and pilot Don Jonz, never to be seen again. Rescuers searched for 39 days with 400 aircraft searching. But unfortunately, pilot Jonz neglected to install the ER (ELT)locator transmitter hampering the search. The pilot, Jonz, was respected and capable, and it is thought his ER locator was an oversight on that fateful flight.
There were other incidents with planes—for example, Japanese Flight #1628 reported UFOs on his flight on December 17, 1986. Captain Tecrauchi saw lights left and below, believing them to be military planes. After the incident, anyone connected to these events was sworn to secrecy to avoid public panic. However, since 1998, 560 UFO sightings have been reported in Alaska.
Theories, Legends, Mysteries of Alaska
There are many theories, legends, and mysteries surrounding Alaska. Some of those include:
- A Canadian warrior tribe
- The Tlingit and the Kushtaka, the otter-man legend
- Airplane size raptors
- Cave dwellers
The Travel Channel has a series devoted to these phenomena and can be found on its website.
Even with the unexplained, strange happenings, and legends, it is most likely condensed to simple geography and the wilderness. However, it is becoming more apparent that UFOs have been sighted and continue to be.
Thousands Go Missing
Alaska is famous for attracting dropouts, runaways, and end-of-roaders. Each year some 500-1000 hikers and campers, and mountain climbers go missing, most never to be seen or heard from again. Within the wilds of Alaska are rugged mountain peaks, crevices where it is easy to fall into, and avalanches that could quickly bury persons.
The Missing Persons Clearing House (MPC) is under the Alaska Bureau of Investigation (ABI) and tracks ALL missing person cases reported within Alaska. Thousands of personnel, airplanes, and scent dogs spend countless hours searching through the wilderness, usually finding nothing.
Despite the dangers or mysteries of Alaska, the lure of the beauty and wilderness will always be a draw to hikers, explorers, and mountain climbers.