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Downtown Juneau in Juneau Borough, Alaska — Northwest (North America)
 

Patsy Ann: her history

 
 
Patsy Ann: Her History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 3, 2021
1. Patsy Ann: Her History Marker
Inscription.  
Ships arriving in Juneau in the 1930's could count on being met at the dock by a small, white dog named Patsy Ann. A local dentist, Dr. E.H. Kaser, brought the English bull terrier as a puppy from Portland, Oregon in 1929. Although loved and kindly treated by the Kasers and later by The Rev. C.E. (Dean) Rice's family, Patsy Ann was not cut out to be a homebody. She became a popular dog-about-town, making the rounds of shops and offices where she was welcomed and given treats.

Steamships of that era did not arrive like clockwork as they do today. Juneau knew a ship was coming when Patsy Ann dropped whatever she was doing and trotted briskly to the waterfront. Although deaf from birth, she somehow sensed when an incoming ship was about a half-mile away. She also had an uncanny ability to determine the dock where it would moor. On one occasion, a crowd had gathered to meet an arriving ship. Patsy Ann studied the group for a long moment, then turned and trotted to another dock. The ship tied up next to Patsy Ann.

She eventually chose to live at the Longshoremen's Hall on Willoughby Avenue, where Centennial Hall now stands.
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Some said she felt at home there because the longshoremen shared her keen interest in the arrival of ships.

In 1934, when a city ordinance was passed requiring the licensing of all dogs, several people chipped in to buy the first license and a bright red collar for Patsy Ann. She wore them politely for a short time, after which they mysteriously disappeared. From then on, she went about happily unencumbered and the city donated her annual license fee.

Patsy Ann died in the Longshoremen's Hall in 1942. The following day, a small crowd watched as her coffin was lowered into Gastineau Channel near where this sign stands.

Because of Patsy Ann's unerring sense of the imminent arrival of each ship and her faithful welcome at the dock, Mayor Isadore Goldstein dubbed her, "Official Greeter of Juneau, Alaska,” in 1934.

[Caption:]
Patsy Ann patiently waits on the dock for an arriving ship. (They are both from the Alaska State Library Early Prints Collection/PCA 97-1224)
 
Erected by City of Juneau.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Believe It or Not series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1929.
 
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Patsy Ann: Her History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 3, 2021
2. Patsy Ann: Her History Marker
This marker is on the left, behind a statue of the legendary dog installed on the Juneau wharf in 1992.
17.916′ N, 134° 24.331′ W. Marker is in Juneau, Alaska, in Juneau Borough. It is in Downtown Juneau. Marker can be reached from Marine Way. Marker is next to the Patsy Ann statue on the Juneau Harbor boardwalk, south of Marine Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 144 Marine Way, Juneau AK 99801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Patsy Ann: her statue (here, next to this marker); Lighthouses of Alaska (here, next to this marker); Cape Decision (here, next to this marker); Sentinel Island (here, next to this marker); Five Finger (here, next to this marker); Mary Island (a few steps from this marker); Tree Point (a few steps from this marker); Guard Islands (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Juneau.
 
Also see . . .  Patsy Ann – Official Greeter of Juneau, Alaska. The English bull terrier has her own website (maintained by The Friends of Patsy Ann) and even a book based upon her. (Submitted on September 13, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Patsy Ann image. Click for full size.
Ordway (via Juneau Public Library), 1935
3. Patsy Ann
The English bull terrier fulfilling her duties as "Official Greeter of Juneau" while waiting for an incoming ship. .
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 368 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 13, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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