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

Local Airlines

Sea & Sky: Juneau's Links to the World

 
 
Local Airlines Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 3, 2021
1. Local Airlines Marker
Inscription.  Between 1929 and 1932, passengers could fly between Juneau's waterfront and downtown Seattle on scheduled weekly flights of Alaska-Washington Consolidated Airways. The fare was $105.

Juneau's harbor was home to three pioneer flying companies that offered commercial air service in the early 1930's. Alaska Southern Airways, Pacific Alaska Airways and Panhandle Air Transport linked Juneau with outlying mines, canneries, lodges, and other communities in Southeast Alaska. Then came Alaska Air Transport and Marine Airways, which later merged to become Alaska Coastal Airlines.

After Alaska Airlines purchased the local flying companies, the major carrier announced plans to discontinue regional floatplane service. Southeast Skyways was founded in 1968 to fill that gap. It handled both scheduled service and the growing seasonal interest in sightseeing flights. In the late 1970s, Southeast Skyways moved to the airport and Wings of Alaska took over the waterfront-based tourist trade.

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(Left, top to bottom)
• Alaska Southern Airways
• Pacific Alaska Airways, later Pan American Airways
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• Gorst Air Transport's Keystone-Loening flying boat leaves Juneau on the first commercial flight across the Gulf of Alaska to Cordova (Early Prints Collection, Alaska State Library PCA 7-LO87)
• Emblem Juneau-Douglas City Museum Collection
• Luggage label Juneau-Douglas City Museum Collection
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1929.
 
Location. 58° 17.95′ N, 134° 24.399′ 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. Alaska Airlines (here, next to this marker); Floating Hangars (here, next to this marker); Juneau Remembers: (here, next to this marker); U.S. Military Presence (here, next to this marker); Marine Highway (here, next to this marker); Passenger Traffic (here, next to this marker); Waterfront Commerce (here, next to this marker); Gold Mining (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Juneau.
 
Also see . . .
Local Airlines Marker detail (original) image. Click for full size.
Winter and Pond (via Alaska State Library)
2. Local Airlines Marker detail (original)
A Loening amphibious plane owned by Gorst Air Transport in Juneau harbor. Enroute from Seattle to Cordova with Clayton Scott, pilot, and Gordon Graham, mechanic, they made the first commercial flight across the Gulf of Alaska in 1929.
 Juneau Airport History (PDF). Slide presentation of Juneau's aviation history, by Patty Wahto, Marc Cheatham, Mal Menzies and Joe Heueisen. (Submitted on September 14, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Local Airlines Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 3, 2021
3. Local Airlines Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 14, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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