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Fourteen years after Thomas Edison invented the incandescent light, Juneau merchant Willis Thorpe installed a water wheel and an electric generator on the banks of Gold Creek. It was 1893, and his fledgling power plant soon had a name: Alaska Electric Light and Power Company. Today, a sophisticated hydroelectric facility now marshals the power of Gold Creek. The old water flume, however, still remains. The trail that runs adjacent to the flume has become a popular hiking trail.

The Flume is about a 15 minute walk from either downtown or Harborview School. It takes a leisurely 12-15 minutes to walk the approximately 3,250 feet of pressure-treated lumber. The walking surface is typically two boards across, but widens to six boards in a few good viewing areas. The Flume lies about 100 feet above sea level, but is a level walk itself. Along the way you will see sights indicated in the map key. There are many spruce, hemlock, alder, cottonwood and willow trees. You can also see areas where rock moves downhill and widens stream beds. These rocks are called colluvial (rock) or alluvial (water) driven rock "fans". The only wildlife you normally see are porcupines and squirrels. However, many people have also seen black bears near the trail, as well as mountain goats grazing on the cliffs above. The Flume is a popular hiking and jogging path. You can even see the current Governor of Alaska running at times. Harborview School classes also use the area for nature studies during the school year. This brochure was produced by Mr. Haas's classes at Harborview School during 1998 and 2001. Printing costs and layout help

From the Davis Log Cabin go up Seward Street to 5th and turn right until you get to Gold Street. At Gold Street turn left and go uphill until it curves to the right. After the right curve Gold Street turns into Basin Road. Go left on Basin Road and walk past houses until you get to the wooden car bridge. Now there are great views of Mt. Juneau on your left. Keep going until you almost reach the bridge across Gold Creek. Turn left before the bridge and walk downhill and across the foot bridge over Gold Creek. Once across, follow the wooden path to the left which runs on top of the Gold Creek Flume.

Cross the street in front of the school and walk the path into Pioneer (Evergreen) Cemetery. Walk the path to the far end of the cemetery until you get to Martin Road. Follow Marten Street until you get up to the white cross in the cemetery. Cross the road here onto Hermit Street and go straight about 100 feet until you reach the bottom of the long stairway. Ninety-nine steps takes you up to Pine Street. Then take Pine street about a block to Evergreen. At Evergreen turn right and walk up another block to the end of the houses. Now the road is gravel and winds around one corner to a steel gate. Walk around it and you'll see the forebay and beginning of the Gold Creek Flume as represented on the left side of the map. were provided by Alaska Electric Light and Power Company. Please send comments to: [email protected]

Student drawings (Tlingit names)

Ocean Isturis

Hemlock (YUN)

Crossing a fan

Under and around trees

Rashidi Glauber

Devils Club (SXAAT)

Bear stump on flume

Alder (KEI SISH)

Daniel Finochio Miranda Untalasco

A fan washout

Twisted Stalk (FAAGI KAAWU TLEIGU) Robert Mel

Cotton Wood (DUK)

Forebay with view

Charnele Landingham

Sitka Spruce (AAS)

View of Gastineau Peak


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