A baseball game is shown in progress in the community of Treadwell around 1910-15 on Douglas Island.
The Treadwell town community (incorporated as a first class city in 1901) had its own school, library, baseball field, swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts, bowling alley, billiard hall, reading rooms, gymnasium, a boarding house, community store and 100-miles of railroad track running to the Treadwell and Ready Bullion mines.
The world-scale mines operated 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. Throughout their years of operation, the mines in and around Juneau fielded sports teams that helped relieve stress, provide healthy activities, and improve bonds among the diverse ethnic groups working in them.
This photo is courtesy of the Combrest Photo Collection and Treadwell Historical Society. See more historical photos daily in the Juneau Empire on page A2 and page B2 or go to juneauempire.com. If you have any interesting facts and tidbits about early Douglas, Juneau and Treadwell life please contact the Juneau Empire Sports, Outdoors and online editorial staff.