Today in 1959, the United States officially welcomed Alaska as the 49th state. Some Alaska fun facts: Alaska was purchased for $7.2 million in 1867. The state has a longer coastline than all the other U.S. states combined. The first big-box store, a Wal-Mart, opened in Alaska in 1993, which helped reduce the otherwise exorbitant cost of living. Happy anniversary, Alaska! Here are six songs about the biggest U.S. state.
"Anchorage" by Michelle Shocked
In this single from 1988's Short Sharp Shocked, the... READ ON