National Geographic : 1925 Dec
PACIFIC NORTHWEST Watch The United States bought Alaska for $7,200,000 in 1867. Since that time Alaska has ex ported products worth 140 times its purchase price. Last year it exported commodi ties valued at $67,846,000, and im ported goods worth $30,567,000. But Alaska has only begun. It has 20 million acres of merchant able timber, and coal resources estimated at 150 billion tons. It has 100,000 square miles of good farm lands, and fisheries now producing 40 to 50 millions of dollars annually. Its metal, min- Alaska's millions today and her bil lions of tomorrow must move through our Alaskan door i-^ -; way, the ports of - , the Pacific North _ west ALASKA! eral and oil resources cannot be estimated. The gateway to this vast, scarcely touched treasure land is the Pacific Northwest. The ports of Washington and Oregon are the channels through which by far the largest part of its commerce has flowed in the past-and will flow in the future. The development of Alaska, now being pushed in earnest, will add billions to the trade volume of the Pacific Northwest ports. For the Pacific Northwest is and must be always the market place of Alaska. he Chicago Burlington & Quincy R.R. C7he Great Northern Ry. 'The Northern Pacific Ry.