JUNEAU (Historic Alaska Information)

"In the spring of 1880 N. A. Fuller of Sitka, on the strength of a favorable report of John Muir (for whom Muir Glacier is named), sent Joe Juneau and Richard Harris to investigate * * * They, with three Indian guides, arrived at Windham Bay in May, located some quarz, and prospected to Gold Creek (above Juneau) and Silver Bow Basin, from which they took 1.000 pounds of auriferous quarz, and staked both placer and quartz mines, which caused an excitement.

"On November 26th a parly of thirty started from Sitka, arriving December 6th, 1880, founding the town of Juneau. It was first called Rockwell, then Harrisburg, and on December 14th, 1881, was named Juneau, and was the center of the first Alaska gold rush."

The quartz of Gold and Sheep Creeks should repeat the production of Treadwell. They are picturesquely located on the high mountain sides, among the glaciers above the town, across the channel from Treadwell. No! Juneau has none of the appearances of a miners' town peaceful, good schools, cable and wireless to the outside world, boats almost every day all the year from Seattle, newspapers, and the conveniences of a modern city.

It is also said to be the capital of Alaska, although the buildings do not assume a capital appearance, and it is rumored that the Government is of a portable kind, usually found in Washington, D. C.

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