Thursday, March 30, 2017
THROWBACK THURSDAY: Here's to Seward's Folly!
One hundred and fifty years ago today, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward signed a treaty with Russia to purchase what later would become the 49th state for $24 in beads.
Ooops. That was another land deal. Seward agreed to buy Alaska for $7 million -- which was about 2 cents per acre.
But while this still was a huge bargain, opponents mocked the deal as "Seward's Folly" or "Seward's Ice Box" or "Seward's Ice Capades" (Ok, I just made that one up.)
The U.S. Senate on April 7, 1867 ratified the treaty by a one-vote margin.
To celebrate, here's a musical tribute to the Last Frontier.
This is Alaska's official state song.
Here's what ought to be Alaska's damn state song:
Johnny Horton had a knack for Alaska songs
And finally some old fashioned Alaska-centric political incorrectness from Hank Thompson