didn't know about
are some of the things or activities that Juneau
residents do for fun?
of Lem Canady
For fun, Juneau
residents, like so many visitors, head to the Mendenhall Glacier
to take advantage of the many recreation opportunities there. In
addition to being inspired by the tremendous beauty of the landscape
(including the iceberg sculptures in the lake), residents like to
hit the trails around the glacier, kayak or canoe in the lake, and
watch for black bears at the salmon stream. We also enjoy fishing
for salmon and halibut, whale watching in the summer months, and
hiking/biking the many excellent trails in the area. In winter,
we enjoy downhill skiing/snowboarding at Eaglecrest Ski Area, cross-country
skiing in lofty mountain meadows, and ice skating in postcard-worthy
||What's one thing the public probably
does NOT know about Juneau?
of Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau
The discovery of gold in Juneau in 1880 by
Joe Juneau and Richard Harris sparked the Alaska-Yukon
gold rush. During their heydays in the late 1800s and early
1900s, Juneau was home to the largest gold mines in the world. Gold
can still be found in local streams, using a gold pan and a bit
of elbow grease.
||Share some aspect of Juneau as
regards to what it has contributed to the world
of Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau
Gold mining in Juneaus remote location
prompted several firsts, including the construction of the worlds
first constant-angle arch variable radius dam at Salmon Creek (think
Hoover Dam) in order to provide hydroelectricity to the gold mines.
Also, Juneau was the site of the first successful lake tapping to
provide hydro power for electric generation. Lake tapping involves
construction of a tunnel to the bottom of a lake and tapping
into the lake bottom to start the flow of water. This process allowed
for year-round water flow, even when the surface of the lakes were
frozen in winter. The process is still used in the Juneau area today.
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