Juneau in Juneau Borough, Alaska — Northwest
Honors the Contributions of
Filipinos in Juneau
by naming this downtown location
Juneau Assembly Members:
Dale Anderson - Don Etheridge, Jr. - Jeannie Johnson - Ken Koelsch
Frankie Pillifant - Jim Powell - Randy Wanamaker - Marc Wheeler
John Mackinnon, City Manager -- Sally Smith, Mayor
Filipino Community of Juneau:
Dannie Lazaro, President, 2002 – Morris Carrillo, President, 2003
August 19, 2002
[Bust of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, National Hero of the Philippines]
is the center of government and cultural
heritage, and is the economic heart of the nation.
In 1904, aboard the cable vessel “USS Burnside,”
80 Filipinos assisted the installation of the first telegraph cable linking Juneau and Seattle.
During the 1920s and 1930s, Filipinos worked in
southeast fish canneries where they were
referred to as “Alaskeros” and labored
in the Alaska-Juneau Gold
The first Filipino community in Juneau was
organized in 1929. It was later incorporated
under territorial law on February 1, 1956.
All members of the Filipino Community
are grateful to the Juneau Assembly for dedicating “Manila Square” in their honor.
Erected 2002 by The City and Borough of Juneau.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 58° 17.927′ N, 134° 24.222′ W. Marker is in Juneau, Alaska, in Juneau Borough. Marker is at the intersection of Marine Way (Alaska Route 7) and South Franklin Street (Alaska Route 7), on the left when traveling west on Marine Way. Note that AK Route 7 becomes Egan Drive west of Manila Square, continuing northwesterly from Marine Way. To the south and east of Manila Square, it merges into South Franklin Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hard Rock Miners (about 400 feet away); Archie Van Winkle (about 500 feet away); Liberty Bell Reproduction (approx. 0.3 miles St. Nichlolas Russian Orthodox Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); USS Juneau (CL-52) Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Alaska Juneau Mill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Alaska Native Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Juneau.
Also see . . . The U.S. Army Transport Burnside at the Foot of Lenora Street. Seattle Now and Then discusses changes on the Seattle waterfront, including this piece on the USS Burnside:...The U.S. Army Transport Burnside was war-happy America’s first big booty from the Spanish American war. Built in 1882 at Newcastle on the Tyne, it was sold in 1891 to a Spanish company that named it the Rita. With its capture off the coast of Cuba in 1898 it was renamed the Burnside and outfitted by the army for laying cable communications, first in the Philippines and then Alaska. For instance, in 1903 it strung underwater cable between Sitka and Juneau and the following year continued laying it to Seattle.... (Submitted on September 30, 2013.)
Additional keywords. immigrant labor; Filipino Community Center, Juneau.
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