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PANORAMIC EfRDSEYE VIEW OF JUNEAU-SHOWING PRINCIPAL PART OF BUSINESS SECTION. GAS INEAU CHANNEL AND PART OF RESIDENCE DISTRICT
Juneau: The City of Destiny TIUI C.KKAT papi r.- Ihmughout the country ar? devoting a lot of s|i;n !? to Alaska and her re sourrcs sin< < tin government lias concluded i<? tini 1 1 railroads ami oth or wise improve business conditions in our Torritor> Vet there are many throughout the laml who are as igimr ant of the real conditions as wa re the wise men who advised against the purchase of Alaska from the Kussian government in ix?!7 They abbreviat ed the description b> tailing our new Territory "Seward's h e Box " Today there are a few in responsible position, like postmasters, who thitik that Juneau, the capital city is ice bound for six months of the year. How differently would our climate appear from their expectations should they be fortunate enough to spend a winter with us. A glance at our weather report for the past twelve months would compare very favorab-, ly with the climate of the coast cities of Washington and Oregon, and is as much better than that great territory east ?if the Itocky Mountains from Wyoming to the Atlantic roast and north to our boundary with Canadian territory as the climate of California is ahead of the remainder of our great United States< While our dis patches were telling of terrible storms, of people freezing to death in New York and the Middle West, and twothirds of the land in the grip of blizzards, we in Juneau were en joying bright sunshine and a temper ature of :t0 degrees Farenheit. In summer we read of the terrible heat waves that bring death and misery to our unfortunate brothers and sis-! ters of other lands, while we are able to wear the same weight clothing twelve months of the year and be per feV^y comfortable, and while we are, on flhis subject it is well to say that. our Nadles dress just like tlieir sis-] ters lii any other part of the world. (irilt fur parkas and other fur clothing so often linked with our history are never seen, and are only used for the kodak fiend ' or for some historic celebration as are the buffalo robe and turkey feath ers in recalling the early history of the Middle West or the beaver cap of Kit Carson's time. Alaska is a land of unknown wealth , a paradise for the willing citizen who is not afraid to work. There are vast stretches of Alaska yet unexplored, but enough is known to insure the statement that millions of happy peo ple will some day make their homes in Alaska, tlreat cities will he built on our vast plains and mountain slopes. The roar of wasted water falls will gi\e way to the grind of mills and factories. The millions of fish taken from our waters annually i for foreign markets will be consumed at home. The vast coal fields will furnish heat to make Alaska wanner. Our copper ami gold mines will fur nish employment to thousands for cen turies to come and our forests will supply the whole world with pulp and lumber for many generations. Juneau is blessed with its share of all these possibilities notwithstanding the fact that Hammond's Home and Office At las of the World for 191f? distributed by the Leslie-Judge Company of New York has this to say: "Juneau. Capital of Alaska has a considerable trade in furs and blank ets and a woolen mill." We are now entering a new era of J prosperity which Is destined to con tinue in magnitude until all other gold producing communities are eclipsed. We have mountains of gold producing quartz at our door. Many well known mining experts have said that mining will be carried on one hundred years hence in the Juneau gold belt on a j larger scale than can now be contem- . plated. Juneau now bears the dis-' tinction of being the metropolis of Al-i aska. It may not alwayR be ro. hut I we will see our city advance with 1 other sections of Alaska, for it is the j key to "Seward's Ice Chest" geograph-; i ically, and our mines make our bust ness more stable than conditions In ' a factory town. The whole world Is i seeking our products regardless of' ! market conditions, which insures us[ | a permanent payroll. A trip to Alaska along the inland passage Is Inspiring. Nowhere In the I | world has nature provided such lux- i 1 ury for the sightseer. A trip cover ; ing more than 800 miles where the ; waters are as smooth as the proverb i lal millpond, dotted here and there with small Islands, protected from < the ocean swells by a continuous chain of larger Islands reaching from ('ape Flattery In the South to Cape j Spencer In the North with hundreds | of beautiful bays and Inlets; a sports man's paradise. From every moun tain slope beautiful streams are seen, their waters glistening through the wooded slopes, disappearing now and then, only to reappear at some turn as the steamer proudly ploughs her way onward at last losing themselves In the ocean waters. These Rtreams : are without exception teeming with various species of trout, the larger rivulets affording spawning grounds for the myriads of salmon and other food fishes. One Is Impressed with the beauties of Taku and other glaciers along the way which are fast receding; with the snowcapped peaks, the beau tiful shore lines and the extensive forests, but very few have given i a thought to what this will all be In | a few years, (lasllneau Channel a few years ago appeared Just as ma jestic. Today It has the appearance of an active commercial center. Moun tains are being torn asunder to make room for mills; extensive tunnels are being driven to reach tho gold laden ones, and the shore line Is being broken with wharves and other de delopments, yet we have the outline of what nature pros Mod la beauty. Just behind the city as you ap proach from the water front. Mount Juneau rises to an elevation of more than 4.000 feet, while to the right as you enter the Castim-au Channel stands Mount Roberts appearing as an aged sentinel with its gray snow capped crest glistening in the sunlight a mighty monument to guide the mariner approaching the city at night. Cold was first discovered in Quartz C.ulch, October 4, 1880. by Joe Juneau and R. T. Harris. Karly in the Spring of 1881 the first rush of min ers from Sitka headed for the new Klderado. Shortly after the arrival of the first parties a miners' meet ing was called for the purpose of i adopting rules and regulations gov-; erning tlie location of mining claims, and for the purpose of establishing and locating a town site. At this meeting Joe Juneau was elected President and R. T. Harris was made Secretary. The minutes of that meet ing gives the date of location and many other very in teresling details in connection with our early history.] if." = The first claims on record were made by it. T. Harris and Joe Juneau, and j show that four claims, two discov ery claims of 300 feet each and two preemption claims of 30<? feet each were located, each claim being 200 feet wide. February 9. 1881, a meet-1 ing was called by the Miners' Com mittee to revise the laws and make more permanent the location of town lots and establish a citay govern ment. At this meeting the residents that were not citizens of the United. States were excluded from participat-' ing. as objection was made to aliens drafting laws for the government of. United States subjects, tin the fol-| lowing day, February 10, 1881, a res olution was adopted which had for its purpose the establishing of a per manent name for the city, which wa? then known as "Harrisburg." A' vote was taken which resulted in the name of "Rockwell" having 18 votes, Juneau 15 votes and llarris burg 1 vote. December 14. 1881, an other meeting was called to transact J general routine business and again j the subject of a permanent name for the city was suggested by R. T. Har ris. Citizens were called upon to vote for the new name. At this elec tion Juneau City received 47 votes. Harrisburg 21 votes and Rockwell 4 votes. Little did these pioneers imagine that their work was to result in es tahlishing one of the greatest mining centers of the world, for In survey ing the townsite, little attention was given the width or alleys or other thoroughfares and very little atten-! tion was given the size or shape of the town lots. One of the residents at that time made the remark that 1 it would never be necessary to have I streets, as no one would ever use a horse in this part of the world.. To day our citizens comprise many men who were identified with the early j history of llarrlshurg. They have i had confidence in the mining possi-: bilities of this district and have lived to see their predictions mature into real mining developments. June 16. 1900, a petition for incor- i poration was presented to the United | States District Court by the citizens of Juneau, and an election ordered to determine whether the people wanted ; the incorporation or not. The elec tion took place June 21. 1890. The vote was 161 for incorporation and 19 against incorporation. At this elec-i tion the first city council, consisting of seven men, was chosen. The law j provided that one of the seven should j be chosen as exofficio Mayor or chairman of the city council, and after organizing, the newly elected council selected the late A. K. Delaney as first mayor of the newly incorporated city. Nature has provided more conven- [ fence for the development of the min ing interests here in Alaska than are usually found elsewhere. Vast water sheds abundant for developing any quantity of power, and these streams are being harnessed for equipping hydro electric plants for power and other purposes. More than $6,000,000 has been expended within the past two years for developments and build ing purposes within four miles of Ju neau. It has required upwards of 1,400 men to accomplish the required results, and it is predicted that as much more will be spent in the same manner the next two years. This is not taking into consideration the world famous Treadwell properties not more than four miles away, which are employing nearly 1800 men the year around. Juneau is enjoying a steady growth, and is keeping up with the advancing conditions, her people are justly proud of local conditions, well lighted streets, splendid water for domestic purposes, a good sewer system, mod ern telephones, ample wharfage facil ities, good streets and sidewalks, a modern electric fire alarm system, magnificent mercantile establish ments. fraternal societies, churches, a modern hospital, professional men representing every line of business and the most beautiful scenery on (Continued on Pago 6.) ?mmmm? |f Winn's Prescription Mostly Pure Drugs Druggists' Sundries Candies I I ? ( > || The White Pharmacy !j 113 - SECOND - STREET PHONE 3 PROMPT DELIVERY J 1 I: I TELEPHONE 34 ESTABLISHED 1894 I GEO. F. 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