Thursday, September 04, 2008

Then and now

Top of Mount Juneau, looking toward the Treadwell Gold Mine and the Gastineau Channel; U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library, circa 1906.

Top of Mount Juneau, looking toward Douglas and the Gastineau Channel; Aug. 5, 2008.

Sometimes, we I feel like I'm approaching a threshold of change, I like to step back and think about the things that don't change.

10 comments:

  1. There must be something comforting living in a place that changes so little in over 100 years. The town I grew up in has changed so much since I was born 30 years ago that I don't really recognize much of it anymore. None of my childhood memories fit the town at all.

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  2. The archivist in me loves thinking about change in this way.

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  3. Anonymous11:32 AM

    The mountains have not changed..
    Juneau on the other hand is a slave to tourism. Look at all of the cruise ships. Four ships in this picture alone.

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  4. Jill,
    It's funny you should mention/display those USGS photos. I just mentioned the USGS photo archive in my last post on my blog, Creative Liberty: http://creativeliberty.wordpress.com/2008/09/03/surf%E2%80%99s-up-creativity-links-for-september-3-2008/.

    It's the "Bonus" item at the bottom.

    I'm an "armchair" cyclist at this point but I love your blog. Keep it up!

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  5. Cool photo!

    Jill, you might be interested this page (scroll to the bottom):
    http://outlookalaska.com
    It has a bunch of re-created Alaska historical pictures.

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  6. I just found the USGS archive of photos for my town and it's very similar in that tourism has taken over. Thank goodness the mountains are still here, too.

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  7. That's wonderful...thanks for sharing the pics.

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  8. Oh no Oh no Oh no... there is a small patch on that mountain without snow. Global Warming must be true! Oh woe is me. Uhhhhhhhhh right. Great comparison pics tho, could be a new calling.
    Enjoy your writing but that background image kills my eyes trying to read dark text over it.

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  9. I find it interesting that the snow pattern in the mountain crevices are nearly the same. That is crazy! It is nice to think that some things never change.

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  10. Great idea for the comparison - did you take the new photo before or after you found the old one? Really neat. =)

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