Alaska State Motto

Motto and Nickname

The Alaska State Motto
The Alaska motto is:

"North to the future"

The Meaning of the Alaska State Motto
The meaning of the State Motto initially reflects the northerly area of Alaska but the addition of 'to the future' conveys excitement and the possibilities of the unknown. The Alaska motto was adopted in 1963 following  a competition to suggest ideas for a centennial motto. The best motto was submitted by a journalist called Richard Peters who stated that the motto "... is a reminder that beyond the horizon of urban clutter there is a Great Land beneath our flag that can provide a new tomorrow for this century's 'huddled masses yearning to be free."

"North to the future"


The Alaska State Nickname
The Alaska Motto is complimented by a less formal, popular Alaska nickname which, combined with the motto, are highly descriptive of the people, the geography and the history of the state. The names used as Alaskan nicknames are:

Alaska State Nickname List
Official Nickname: 49th State
Land of the Midnight Sun
Last Frontier
Seward's Ice Box

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The Origin and Meaning of the Alaka Nicknames
The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are as follows:

The 49th State
The 49th is a reference to its position as the 49th state to be admitted to the union.

The Land of the Midnight Sun
This evocative name conveys the northern location which provides the ability to see the sun at midnight, in fact in some parts of Alaska the sun is visible for 24 hours in a day, it never falls below the horizon. 

The Last Frontier
Another expressive nickname that conveys a vast expanse of uninhabited land offering opportunities for the future in this cold and beautiful rugged land. 

Seward's Ice Box or Seward's Folly
The Seward in the nickname is a reference to William H. Seward who was the Secretary of State, who served under President Andrew Johnson, when Alaska was purchased from Russia. The arguments with congress over the price to be paid for the land lead to the descriptive nickname of Seward's Ice Box and the nickname of Seward's Folly, a derogatory term which means an act of madness!


The Constitution of Alaska
The constitution of Alaska establishes the basic rights of Alaska's citizens and echoes the words and sentiments of the motto. The preamble (opening) of the constitution is as follows:

"We the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land, in order to secure and transmit to succeeding generations our heritage of political, civil, and religious liberty within the Union of States, do ordain and establish this constitution for the State of Alaska."

Preamble of the Constitution of Alaska


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