Heading For Juneau
In 1880 Joe Juneau and Richard Harris were prospecting in Alaska. They were led by three native guides to the Silver Bow Basin, where they discovered GOLD. A boomtown of miners and Russian fur traders developed, and the 160 acre town site on the beach subsequently became the capital city of Alaska – JUNEAU. The streambeds became scarce and the large scale industrial mining developed. By 1944 these mines were largely out of production and the city’s main focus became, and remains, government, logging, tourism and commercial fishing.
This image illustrates the bleak yet picturesque scenery in this part of the world.