For hundreds of years the spot where the city of Juneau now stands was home to a settlement of Tlingit Indians known as Auk Village.   It was during the wild days of the Alaskan gold rush in the late 19th Century that the area was fist settled by Europeans.  In the 1880's a gold prospector named Joseph Juneau along with his partner, Richard Harris, and a native guide named Chief Kowee landed at the settlement and set up camp there.  Many other gold prospectors soon followed along with missionaries, trading posts, and other businesses.  By the summer of 1900 Juneau was a bustling mining community, and in June of that year the people of the town voted to incorporate.   The city of Juneau as it is known today was born.  

By the time that Alaska attained statehood in 1959, the mining business in Juneau was largely defunct.  The city began marketing itself as a tourist destination to revitalize its ailing economy.  Juneau has been largely known by those in the lower 48 states as a tourist destination ever since.

Today Juneau sees close to 1,000,000 cruise ship passengers every summer and has a vibrant tourism-based economy.