|Districts of Zimbabwe||Makonde District|
|Elevation||3,900 ft (1,200 m)|
The town is located approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) west of the city of Chinhoyi, the location of the district and provincial headquarters. Approximately 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) to the northeast of Alaska are the Chinhoyi Caves in the Chinhoyi Caves National Park, a local tourist attraction. The town sits at an elevation of 1,180 metres (3,870 ft), above sea level.
Alaska is named for and grew up around the eponymous Alaska Mine, which started producing copper in 1959. Other mines in the district also produced copper which was brought to Alaska for smelting and refining. The mine and its associated smelter closed in 1998, devastating the local economy and plunging the town's inhabitants into poverty. Periodic reports of Chinese investment reopening the mine and smelter have not come to fruition.
- Encyclopedia Zimbabwe (2nd ed.). Worcester: Arlington Business Corporation. 1989. ISBN 0-9514505-0-6.
- Map Showing Alaska And Chinhoyi Caves With Distance Marker
- "Misery stalks former copper miners". Financial Gazette. Zimbabwe. 20 June 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
- "Zimbabwe - Population Census 2002". Central Statistical Office (CSO) – Government of Zimbabwe. p. 145. Retrieved 1 November 2016.