Juneau, Alaska

Juneau is located in the state's Southeastern region and is the second largest city in the U.S. state of Alaska. Since 1906 Juneau is the capital city of Alaska. You can't get to Juneau by road. You can only get there by air or by sea.

To See And To Do In Juneau

  • Alaska State Museum
  • Mendenhall Glacier
  • Amalga Distillery
  • Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church
  • Adventure Bound Alaska
  • Juneau Arts And Humanities Council
  • Juneau Whale Watching Tour
  • AJ Mine Gastineau Mill Tour
  • The State Capitol Building

History Of Juneau - Timeline

Long before the first European came, the native people, the Auke, lived in the area. The first European to explore the Juneau area was Joseph Whidbey and his party who explored the region in 1794. In 1879, Joe Juneau and Richard Harris decided to looking for gold in the area. The two men marked a 160-acre town site and soon a mining camp sprang up. In 1880, U.S. naval officers encouraged the Auke to move from the area to avoid conflict with miners. The town was originally called Harrisburg, but some time later, its name was changed to Rockwell.

In 1881, the people in the town voted that the town should have the name, Juneau, after Joe Juneau, who was a miner and prospector from Canada. In 1887, the Evergreen Cemetery was established. In 1892, the J. M. Davis House was built. In 1893, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church was built. In 1896, the Holy Trinity Church was built. In 1898, the Frances House was built by Juneau's postmaster Jerry Eicherly. In 1899, the House of Wickersham was built by Frank Hammond, owner of the Sheep Creek Mining Company.

In 1900, Juneau was incorporated. In 1901, the Alaska Steam Laundry, a commercial building, was built by E. R. Jaeger. In 1903, Joe Juneau died and he was buried in the city's Evergreen Cemetery. In 1904, the Valentine commercial building was built. In 1906, Juneau was named the capital of Alaska. In 1912, The Alaska Governor's Mansion was built. Also in 1912, the Alaskan Hotel and Bar was built. In 1913, the Bergmann Hotel opened. In 1915, the Rudy-Kodzoff House was built for Charles Rudy, one of Juneau's first settlers. The Alaska State Capitol in downtown Juneau was originally built as the Federal and Territorial Building in 1931. In 1934, the school building Mayflower School was built.