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Located on the mainland of Southeast
Alaska, opposite Douglas Island, Juneau was built at the heart of the
Inside Passage along the Gastineau Channel.
Juneau Borough is the
largest city in Southeast Alaska and the third largest in the state.
The Borough encompasses a population of 30,711 inside 2,717 square miles
The area was a fish camp for the indigenous
Auke and Taku People who lived here for thousands of years. They are
Tlingit, with rich artistic traditions including carving, weaving,
orating, singing and dancing.
In 1880, nearly 20 years before the gold
rushes to the Klondike and Nome, Joe Juneau and Richard Harris were lead
to Gold Creek by Chief Kowee of the Auk Tribe. They found mother lode
deposits upstream, staked their mining claims, and developed a 160 acre
incorporated city they called Harrisburg, bringing many prospectors to the
The City of Juneau was formed in 1900.
The state capital was transferred from Sitka to Juneau in 1906 while
Alaska was a U.S. Territory. The Treadwell and Ready Bullion mines across
the channel on Douglas Island became world-scale mines, operating from
1882 to 1917. In 1916, the Alaska-Juneau gold mine was built on the
mainland, and became the largest operation of its kind in the world. In
1917, a cave-in and flood closed the Treadwell mine on Douglas. It
produced $66 million in gold in its 35 years of operation. Fishing,
canneries, transportation and trading services, and a sawmill contributed
to Juneau's growth through the early 1900s. The A-J Mine closed in 1944,
after producing over $80 million in gold.
In 1970, the City of Juneau and
City of Douglas were unified into the City & Borough of Juneau. The only community recognized in Census 2000 is Douglas,
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