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A Little History

Several Millennia in Three Paragraphs

Long before Juneau was Juneau, it was Dzantik’i Héeni (“Base of the Flounder’s River), for literally thousands of years, a popular Native fishing ground.

Then, in 1880 two prospectors, Richard Harris and Joe Juneau, guided by Tlingit Chief Kowee, struck gold at the mouth of Gold Creek -- the rush was on (and the town was built). During the next six decades, Juneau produced $150 million of gold. That’d be worth $7 billion today!

Government eventually replaced mining as the main industry followed by tourism. In fact, attracting visitors with its Native heritage, prospector history and incredible scenery, Juneau has been a world-class travel destination since the early 1900s.