Another great idea from Mike
Cathy Connor and I (Richard Carstensen) have inherited a tradition spearheaded by our friend Mike Blackwell, who began leading ‘geo-history’ tours of the downtown area as fundraisers for the City Museum. Mike was long active in the Friends of JDCM, and envisioned these strolls as a way to share Juneau’s history with residents, and build a strong base of support for this historical institution. To honor Mike’s ideas and energy, and his dedication to the Museum, we’re continuing the Blackwell City Walk this summer, 2019.
There are many historical resources—published and otherwise—for what Áak’w Kwáan called Dzantik’i Héeni, little flounders creek. Early Europeans—with atypical abstinence from the IWGN (important white guy name) tradition, rechristened it Gold Creek. Mike assembled some of those resources into a packet that we used when conducting this walk together. Printed on 11×17-inch paper—soon rather rain-warped but serviceable—the packet allowed us to examine maps and historical photos in the field with small groups.
For summer 2019, reviewing those materials, Cathy and I decided to update & reorganize thematically and chronologically. The digital version is linked below. You can download it—and other related resources—to your phone before your next stroll.
Working with museums, one soon becomes appreciative of proper citation. We’ve tried to find and credit sources for the images in Mike’s original packet, but there are a few of as-yet unestablished provenance, as indicated by “photo source unknown.” Apologies for gaps and errors! Comments and corrections are welcome, and will be added to future revisions. We’d especially appreciate help from archivists in finding sources for those “unknowns.” RC & CC, 20190626
PS, summer’s end, 20190822: Cathy and I have thoroughly enjoyed these monthly excursions with some of J-town’s most knowledgeable and history-steeped residents. It’s always heart-warming (and a little intimidating!) to see who shows up. We typically learn as much as we share on the Blackwell City Walk, and hope to continue the tradition. In addition to this Blackwell-packet, here’s some other resources for Dzantik’i Héeni and the downtown area:
● Seawalk scoping document
● Geopdfs for navigation in Avenza are listed under In this section at bottom of Gold Creek page:
● Video from climb of Shaa Tlaax (Mt Juneau)