Originally just a train station on a rail line that served coal mines in the area, Palmer became one of the very few communities in Alaska with agriculture as its economic base. In 1935 it was the focus of a Federal Emergency Relief Project where the government transported in families and gave them 40 acres of land to farm. Today Palmer is still an important agricultural center in Alaska and it is the site of Alaska’s annual state fair.
Alaska is the largest state in the United States by area. It is situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent, with Canada to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, with Russia further west across the Bering Strait. Approximately half of Alaska's 710,231 residents (as per the 2010 United States Census) live within the Anchorage metropolitan area. Alaska is the least densely populated state of the U.S.Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska