Many people are familiar with the story of Robert Stroud, one of the country’s most famous inmates of the last century, and how he spent over half his life in solitary confinement and gained fame for his careful study of birds and bird diseases. But many people probably don’t know that Stroud was initially sent to prison for a murder he committed just a few short blocks away from the present-day Alaska State Capitol in downtown Juneau.
Curious Juneau examines why Gastineau Channel isn’t maintained as a through waterway. Instead most vessels have to take the long way around Douglas Island.
Is the eye a high school prank? Part of an underground rock climbing club’s initiation? A Masonic conspiracy?
Chuck Keen had a vision to build a tramway to a hotel and a two-story revolving restaurant at the summit of Mount Juneau. But the project stalled when one of his companies filed for bankruptcy protection and a dispute with the City and Borough of Juneau.
AT&T Alascom used to beam telephone and video signals from their downtown office about 1.4 miles up to the panel. The signals were reflected nearly 14 miles to a satellite uplink station at Lena Point.
In this Curious Juneau, we look back at why the city put a massive bronze whale so far from the center of downtown.
Mark Whitman has an annual tradition on May 18, the day a prominent Juneau man died. He goes down to Evergreen Cemetery, finds a specific grave marker, and smokes a cigar. He’ s remembering how the generosity of a person known as China Joe had such a huge impact over our early city.
A street in Juneau is a popular locale for residents and tourists alike. South Franklin Street particularly is home to several bars, shops and a rich history. But some wonder how that street got its name.
Ashwin Kiran was visiting Juneau in February when he noticed something was missing from the local entertainment scene. “Why are there no strip clubs in Juneau?” he wondered aloud.
Alaska’s Department of Transportation operates a howitzer to protect Thane, a community of about 60 houses 5 miles south of downtown Juneau.