Slideshow | Celebrating scenic Juneau

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Lach Zemp (standing) and Bob Grochow construct handrails to border the Flume Trail duirng a work party on June 24, 1989. Coordinators for the "Resume the Flume" projects estimate that a day and a half work is still needed to complete the project.
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A group of riders take a stroll through the meadows near the Brotherhood Bridge trail. Juneau Empire File.
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Traffic flows over the new Douglas Bridge. Directly adject is the old Douglas bridge. Juneau Empire File.
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Hikers work their way to the top of Mount Juneau. This year, in 2012, the end portion of the trail was reworked by Trail Mix Inc. crews. Juneau Empire file photo.
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With the downtown library and parking garage under construction in the background, a man takes a walk on the Juneau docks one sunny afternoon. Juneau Empire File.
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One woman takes a little time enjoy summer in Juneau as she captures some sunshine on Auke Lake. Juneau Empire File.
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Enjoying a frozen Auke Lake in winter. Photo by Mark Kelley
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Skip Grey stands on the Mount Roberts ridge overlooking Juneau and Gastineau Channel. Juneau Empire File.
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Hikers look north from the top of Mount Roberts. Juneau Empire File.
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Chad Carpenter, creator of Tundra. Juneau Empire File.
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Juneau evening lights: Downtown Juneau is pictured at 4 p.m. one evening. Juneau Empire File.
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A man and a young boy fly a kite at Twin Lakes in Juneau. Juneau Empire File.
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SAGA crew members work to place a bridge on the Perseverance Trail in the fall of 1986. Juneau Empire File
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Flowers bloom along the median of Egan Drive one summer in Juneau. Juneau Empire File.
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Youngsters play near the water's edge at Eagle Beach State Recreation Area.
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A kayaker paddles next to a house boat near Juneau. The Mendenhall Glacier and Mendenhall Towers can be seen in the background. Mark Kelley Juneau Empire File.
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Float planes sit parked on a float in Gastineau Channel. Juneau Empire File.
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Downtown Juneau is pictured on a sunny winter day from the Mount Roberts Trail.
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Windfall lake on a peaceful afternoon. Juneau Empire File.
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Mark Olson takes in the view at the Shrine of Saint Terese in 1983. Eric Muehling Juneau Empire File
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Snow blankets trees and homes on Starr Hill above downtown Juneau in winter. Juneau Empire File.
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Crocus bloom along Egan Drive one spring in Juneau. Juneau Empire File.
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Joe Geldhof skates on Twin Lakes with his dog, Abby, in 1988. Mark Kelley Juneau Empire File
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Cold and clear, windy weather might be uncomfortable for many, but it's just what Joe Geldhof needs for a brisk sail on Twin Lakes. Juneau Empire File.
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Ice skaters, sledders, friends, families and pets play on Twin Lakes one cold and sunny winter day. Mark Kelley Juneau Empire File
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Table Top Mountain, on Douglas Island, is pictured on a snowy winter day in Juneau. Mark Kelley Juneau Empire File
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Hikers stand backdropped by the Mendenhall Glacier. Juneau Empire File.
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Friends and families sled down a hill located off the parking lot at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Juneau Empire File.
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Dan Gowdy's sailing boat "Lady Irene" is all lit up in the harbor. Juneau Empire File.
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Hikes make their way along an alpine ridgeline above Juneau. Juneau Empire File.
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Visitors to the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge look at the recently-completed viewing area and interpretive signs. Juneau Empire File.
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Juneau is pictured from the top of a snowy Mount Roberts. Juneau Empire File.
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A group of Juneau residents take a stroll along Eagle Beach on a clear and cold day in 1987. Mark Kelley Juneau Empire File
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It's a wild ride for one Juneau youth who caught some air off a mound of snow one winter. Juneau Empire File.
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Mount Juneau is lit by the winter sun on a bright and windy day in Alaska's capital city. Juneau Empire File.


Over the years, the Juneau Empire has been blessed with some amazing photographers. Most recently the work of Michael Penn has filled our pages and told stories of local events and individuals. Looking back, Brian Wallace’s work was a valuable fixture in the paper, as was the photography of Mark Kelley. All are gifted artists.

So to honor the art of photography and all the ways it’s captured the allure of Alaska in our paper, I figured it fitting to share a selection of images from the Empire’s archives. Most of these images are from the 1980s and highlight locals savoring Juneau’s rich outdoor world.


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