Downtown Juneau in Juneau Borough, Alaska — Northwest (North America)
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Industrial materials for-the big hard-rock mines and scores of smaller ones crossed the waterfront docks. Gold worth millions of dollars went out.
At the time the town was founded, Gastineau Channel was bordered by broad mud flats with only a narrow strip of flat land against the mountainside. Juneau's shoreline was permanently changed by waste rock and tailings from the Alaska Juneau mill.
Mining operations produced large amounts of crushed rock. At first, it was dumped offshore, towed to deep water on specially built barges that were self-dumping and self-righting. At the designated location, a plug was pulled from the barge. With the tow vessel standing by, the barge took on water, overturned and dumped its load. The plug was then reinserted and the barge brought back for another load with the former top-side turned down. Later more land was created
(Left) A reversible barge for dumping waste rock. (Photos: Juneau-Douglas City Museum Collection)
(Right) Above, the Alaska Juneau Mining operation. Left, stock certificates for the A-J and the Alaska Mexican Gold Mining Co. on Douglas. Right, stock certificate emblem. (Photo, Winter & Pond Collections Alaska State Library-PCA 87-517. Certificates and emblem, Last Chance Mining Museum Collection)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 58° 17.946′ N, 134° 24.398′ W. Marker is in Juneau, Alaska, in Juneau Borough. It is in Downtown Juneau. Marker can be reached from Marine Way. Marker is on the Juneau Harbor Boardwalk in Marine Park, north of the cruise ship berths. 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. Waterfront Commerce (here, next to this marker); Beginnings (here, next to this marker); Passenger Traffic (here, next to this marker); Marine Highway (here, next to this marker); U.S. Military Presence (here, next to this marker); Floating Hangars (here, next to this marker); Local Airlines (here, next to this marker); Alaska Airlines (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Juneau.
Also see . . . Juneau mining district (Wikipedia). History and mines of the region. (Submitted on September 14, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 13, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.