What was the last contiguous state admitted to the Union?
Last but not least of the contiguous United States, Arizona is today famed for its beautiful deserts, lush forests, and the Grand Canyon. However, what might be less well known is that Arizona very nearly didn’t become a state at all — because the United States initially didn’t want it. During the time period, Arizona was a U.S. territory, it was widely known as a harsh desert region filled mainly with scoundrels and outlaws.
Congress was, therefore, reluctant to recognize the area with statehood, especially when compared to other, more well-developed states. As a result, Arizona spent 56 years petitioning for statehood until, finally, it was recognized as the 48th state in the Union on Valentine’s Day in 1912. The last contiguous, or mainland, state to join the United States, Arizona was eventually followed by Alaska and Hawaii in 1959.
Answer: The correct answer is Arizona