Juneau is the inspiring capital of Alaska. Juneau was officially named Juneau in 1882. It was incorporated in 1900. However, Alaska did not become the 49th state until 1959. Juneau is a unified municipality located on the Gastineau Channel, at the base of Mount Juneau, across the channel from Douglas Island, and bordered to the east by British Columbia, Canada. The city can only be reached by boat or plane.
Before European settlement, the Auke and Taku tribes inhabited the area. Juneau became a meeting area for the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people. Joseph Whidbey is recorded as the first European to explore the area. After the California gold rush, more European-Americans came to the area prospecting for gold. Joe Juneau and others found gold nuggets and in 1800 a mining camp was settled. The camp became a village and then became Juneau.
Today, government, tourism, the fishing industry, real estate, construction, and mining are important industries and employers. The power utility is Alaska Electric Light & Power. The Marine Exchange of Alaska is an important nonprofit organization for safe maritime operations.
Juneau hosts several annual cultural festivals. The Alaska Folk Festival and Juneau Jazz & Classics music festival are among them. People can attend the Juneau Symphony, Juneau Lyric Opera, Opera to Go, or attend screenings of locally made short films. Downtown Juneau, also, has many art galleries. Community centers, concerts, lectures, the theatre, and other cultural exhibits attract people as well.
Juneau is between a continental and oceanic climate. Winters are moist and long. Spring, summer, and fall months are mild. Precipitation occurs the majority of days of the year. Natural disasters, mainly earthquakes, do occur.
The University of Alaska Southeast is in Juneau. It offers undergraduate and graduate studies. It is known for its research on the Tongass National Forest and the Juneau Icefield.
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