Joe Juneau (prospector)


Joseph Juneau (; 1836–1899) was a Canadian miner and Prospecting, prospector who was born in the Lower Canada town of Saint-Paul-l'Ermite (later renamed Le Gardeur, Quebec, Le Gardeur and now incorporated into the city of Repentigny, Quebec, Repentigny) to Fran├žois Xavier Juneau dit name, dit Latulippe and Marguerite Thiffault Juneau. He is best known for co-founding, with Richard Harris (prospector), Richard Harris, the city of Juneau, Alaska, United States. The first major gold discovery in Juneau, on Douglas Island (across from Juneau), occurred circa 1880. The city has been the political capital of Alaska since 1900. Juneau's Native American guide in southeastern Alaska was Chief Kowee, who is credited with exploring much of the area later named for Juneau. Harris and Juneau were sent with Kowee by George Pilz, an entrepreneur and mining engineer from Sitka, Alaska, Sitka. After trading much of their wiktionary:grubstake, grubstake for hoochinoo, or homebrew, they returned to Pilz empty-handed but were promptly sent back to the Juneau area. There, Kowee took them beyond Gold Creek (near what is now the site of the city's Federal Building) to Silver Bow Basin. Today, a creek on Douglas Island is named Kowee Creek. After the discovery of gold in the area, Harris and Juneau carried approximately 1,000 pounds of gold ore back to Sitka. The settlement founded by Juneau and Harris was originally called Harrisburg or Harrisburgh, and later Rockwell. Miners often used both names in their records. There was also a proposal to name the town Pilzburg in honor of Pilz. The town received its current name at a miners' meeting on December 14, 1881, at which the name Juneau received 47 of the 72 votes cast, while Harrisburg received 21 votes and Rockwell only four. Joe Juneau reportedly bought drinks for fellow miners to persuade them to name the city in his honor. Juneau traveled to Dawson City, Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s. He usually spent his gold as fast as he mined it, but at the end of his life he owned a small restaurant in Dawson. Juneau died of pneumonia in March 1899 in Dawson. His body was brought back to the town that bears his name and was buried in the city's Evergreen Cemetery (Juneau, Alaska), Evergreen Cemetery on August 16, 1903. His cousin Solomon Juneau founded the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Alaska Mining Hall of Fame

See also

* Juneau mining district


External links

Gold Rush StoriesJoe Juneau at Find-A-Grave
{{DEFAULTSORT:Juneau, Joe 1836 births 1899 deaths People from Repentigny, Quebec People from Dawson City People of the Klondike Gold Rush Gold prospectors Canadian gold prospectors American gold prospectors Canadian miners French Quebecers Franco-Yukonnais people Deaths from pneumonia in Yukon Persons of National Historic Significance (Canada) Juneau family, Joe Burials at Evergreen Cemetery (Juneau, Alaska)