Photo: Mining mecca, 1919

Images from another time

Posted: Friday, June 27, 2003

This photograph was taken in 1919 and made into a postcard showing downtown Juneau and Gastineau Channel. The channel served as a fishing ground for Tlingit Indians before rumors of gold lured prospectors to the areal in the 1870s. Juneau grew from a boomtown to a center for large-scale hard-rock mining when the loose gold in the stream beds ran out. Two great mills were created on the mainland side of the Channel, the Alaska-Juneau at the south end of Juneau and the Alaska-Gastineau at Thane, farther south.

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