Juneau gold

Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2010

Back in the old days during the gold rush, the news media in Seattle wrote that the streets of Juneau were paved with gold. That wasn't entirely a fabrication. In fact, the streets were paved with gravel taken from the tailings of the AJ Mine, which had small amounts of gold in it.

Each spring, a different kind of gold radiates between the lanes of Egan Drive. Many, including my wife, consider this golden flower a weed. In fact, a rather difficult weed to get in your garden or lawn.

My wife loads up with special tools and poisons and works diligently from the spring through summer to destroy this weed throughout our yards and gardens. Nonetheless, I enjoy the beautiful golden strips along the highway as I drive from the Valley into town and back.

For me, it's almost too soon that the state mows them down or they just turn into millions of tiny white parachutes blowing in the breeze. Maybe it's just a state of mind, but for me, it's a little bit of Juneau gold.

Jack Marshall


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