A customer facing crucial decisions: What should I wipe myself with? What should I brush with? His personal hygiene was deteriorating rapidly as he stared at the rows of possibilities, sweating profusely. Would he ever bathe again?

Nov. 4, 1884: A Timeless American Spectacle

If I should need to name, O Western World, your powerfulest scene and show, ‘Twould not be you, Niagara—nor you, ye limitless prairies—nor your huge rifts of canyons, Colorado, Nor you, Yosemite—nor Yellowstone, with all its spasmic geyser-loops ascending to the...

Palin backs Walker-Mallott

Sarah Palin is poised to throw her support behind the Walker-Mallott ticket, bucking her former lieutenant governor, Alaska political blogger Amanda Coyne writes.

Lies, Bribes and Alaska Day

The formal transfer of Russian America was completed on this day in 1867, the reason we now celebrate Alaska Day. But the $7 million purchase of the state, in fact, may not have been completed if not for bribes handed out by William H. Seward to members of Congress.