~JUNEAU, ALASKA~


(I can't rightly use "Alaska" as a title as I've not seen anything outside the Juneau area. But some day.)
A three and a half hour flight and my fifth time zone on this trip. The Alaska Time Zone covers the entire state and Juneau is on the eastern edge of it, but it was a reset of my watch.
I was impressed with the color of everything there. The Tongass Forest provides a deep green backdrop to most everything. The shops and houses are all painted bright colors, and the people are very welcoming. Juneau is reachable by sea or air only. No roads lead to the main part of the state or to Canada. They are isolated from the road traffic that causes congestion in other parts of the states. You don't need a car there. It's a relatively small city and I walked or took the shuttle bus everywhere I went.
At the bottom of this page there are links to the Mendenhall Glacier/Tongass Rainforest and the wildlife I photographed there. I hope you enjoy these photos also.


For some reason I had to take this photo.


This bronze Kodiak sits near the capitol building

Alaska's Liberty Bell Replica

The facade of the capitol building
Fifty-five bells were struck as part of a savings bond drive held from May 15 to July 4, 1950 with the slogan "Save for Your Independence." They were given to the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S Territories, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The Truman Library in Independence, MO has one (Harry was president) and one is in Annecy-le-Vieux, France the city where the replicas were cast in 1950.
The bells were to be displayed for the public and rung on patriotic occasions. Some are rather difficult to locate as they have been relegated to storage and/or refurbishing or to display in universities, libraries and museums.
Those I could find located near or in capitols as originally intended are pictured on these pages.

The left side of the capitol building

The right side
Many of the buildings in Juneau are built into the ground as you see here. The city is built right up the mountainside and they make use of all space possible. Many of the buildings I saw are not squared. The walls are at more than 90 degrees in order to maximize the use of available land. It is at a premium here.

Thr State Office Building

One of many walkways


Walkways like these are throughout Juneau. They help pedestrians to negotiate the mountainside and to avoid traffic. I used them frequently during my walk around the city.


These photos were taken from high up one of those walkways. Part of the Tongass Rainforest is seen in the left photo and Douglas Island in the right.

South Franklin St. My hotel is on this street.

Some shops on South Franklin

More shops

The colors are everywhere

And murals

And pennants and flags


See how the buildings are built right up to the side of the mountains. And the walkways run between the houses. By necessity the streets are very narrow.

A totem outside the Library

The Miner's Memorial

St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

The Cathedral of the Nativity

Another look up the mountainside

The Mount Roberts Tramcar

The tram goes up into the mist

Juneau's skyline taken from the docks with the Tongass in the
background again

A cruise ship rests at dock while one of those floating cities
creeps in behind it.

Ships at harbor

Douglas Island

The Commercial Fishermans Memorial

This is where I stayed

The ornate doorway

The phone is operable

Bath is down the hall

This is where I ate
Click here to see the Tongass Rainforest and the Mendenhall Glacier
Click here to see some Alaskan Wildlife
Music is "North To Alaska"

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