Saturday, July 7, 2012

Juneau, Alaska

Alaska is the largest state in the United States by area. Juneau has been the capital of Alaska since 1906. It is named after gold prospector Joe Juneau.

Before Juneau was Juneau, it was Rockwell. Before that, it was Harrisburg. And even before that, it was a settlement for several tribes of native Indians.


It wasn't until a man named Joseph Juneau and his buddy, Richard Harris, teamed up with a Tlingit native that this plot of land got its big break: gold. The first rush of 40 miners brought a mix of trading posts, saloons, and missionaries to the area. Soon, Juneau became a bonafide town, the first to be settled after Alaska's purchase from Russia in 1867.

Thx Rod!


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