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Travel Bug Dog Tag State Flag of Alaska TB

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Thursday, 04 March 2010
Texas, United States
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Travel bugs seem to regularly disappear from urban caches and at caching events.  Please drop this item in rural or Premium Member Only caches.  Transport the bug in the original plastic bag for as long as the bag lasts—then the chain and tag won't tangle with other items.  Otherwise, take this bug everywhere—no permission is needed to leave the US. 

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The Flag of the State of Alaska consists of eight gold stars, forming the Big Dipper and the North Star, on a dark blue field. It was designed in 1927 by Benny Benson, a 13-year-old Alaska Native residing at the Jesse Lee Home for Children in Seward, for a contest to create a flag for the then-Alaska Territory. Up to that time, Alaskans had flown only the U.S. flag since the territory was purchased from Russia in 1867.

Benson's design was chosen over roughly 700 other submissions from schoolchildren territory-wide in grades 7–12. Most other entries featured variations on the territorial seal, the midnight sun, the northern lights, polar bears, and/or gold pans. To celebrate his achievement, Benson was awarded $1,000 and an engraved watch. Benny looked to the sky for the symbols he included in his design, and he submitted this description with it: “The blue field is for the Alaska sky and the forget-me-not, an Alaskan flower. The North Star is for the future state of Alaska, the most northerly in the union. The Dipper is for the Great Bear—symbolizing strength.” The Big Dipper is an asterism in the constellation Ursa Major which symbolizes a bear, an animal indigenous to Alaska.

As depicted on the flag, its stars can be used as a guide by the novice to locate Polaris and determine true north, which varies considerably from a compass bearing in Alaska. The Alaska Legislature adopted Benson's design as the official flag for the Territory of Alaska on May 2, 1927. The first flag made based on Benny's design was made of blue silk and appliquéd gold stars, and was inaugurally flown July 9, 1927. It was retained as the state flag upon statehood in 1959.

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Tracking History (12603.4mi) View Map

Mark Missing 02/19/2012 geotrouvetou marked it as missing   Visit Log

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Write note 12/29/2011 Les Gnomes du Ban posted a note for it   Visit Log

TB State Flag of Alaska pas dans / not in cache GC2TBDK

Dropped Off 07/24/2011 Mad'm'Flo placed it in Calvaire de la Croix-du-Bois Île-de-France, France - 286.01 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 07/16/2011 Mad'm'Flo retrieved it from Emilion Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France   Visit Log

Wow!! So far from your destination!! Lets go to Paris! Hope u'll take a plane there :o)

Dropped Off 07/09/2011 team klop placed it in Emilion Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France - 539.5 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 05/22/2011 team klop retrieved it from Het oude bruggenhoofd Zuid-Holland, Netherlands   Visit Log


Dropped Off 05/22/2011 Jofrouk placed it in Het oude bruggenhoofd Zuid-Holland, Netherlands - 8.56 miles  Visit Log

After a long time on the road again!!

Retrieve It from a Cache 10/10/2010 Jofrouk retrieved it from Sportief Zoetermeer - BONUS Zuid-Holland, Netherlands   Visit Log

Up to another place in Holland.

Dropped Off 10/09/2010 HutsPot placed it in Sportief Zoetermeer - BONUS Zuid-Holland, Netherlands - 2.06 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 10/09/2010 HutsPot retrieved it from Oma's verjaardag Zuid-Holland, Netherlands   Visit Log

Retrieved this TB from Oma's verjaardag.

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