Juneau, Alaska, is the state capital of the wild state of Alaska, and is a center of trade, mining, fishing, tourism and government. The major employers of the city are the government at the state and federal levels. The port of Juneau is free of ice which allows for products to be imported and exported. The major fish of the area are salmon and halibut. This richness in natural resources has helped attract newcomers for decades and has kept local Juneau movers busy.
The Tlingit people used the Juneau area for fishing for many years, but no settlement was ever established in the area. George Pilz, in 1880, encouraged Indian chiefs of the area to point him toward gold. Chief Kowee assisted Pilz with this and later that year Joe Juneau and Richard Harris established a mining town where gold was discovered. The town was the first in Alaska after the United States purchase of the area. Originally, the town was named after Harris, but later it was changed to Juneau in honor of Joe Juneau. The capital of the Alaska territory was moved to Juneau in 1906 from its previous location of Sitka. It then became the official state capital in 1959 when Alaska became a state.
Juneau International Airport is located four miles from the city. The area is void of most sporting activity as no colleges or professional teams reside in the nearby region. Museums of the city include the Alaska Historical Library and the Alaska State Museum. The Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is close by Juneau to the northwest.