“The oldest operating hotel in Alaska!”
The "Alaskan Hotel" is the oldest operating hotel in Alaska, opening on Tuesday, September 16, 1913. The hotel is an excellent architectural example of transitional change between 19th and 20th century. As a frontier mining camp, Juneau had developed a coterie of miner's boarding and rooming houses; but few hotels. In the year 1912, an interesting triumvirate was formed: Jules B. Caro, promoter-entrepreneur, and the McCloskey brothers, James and John. Veteran miners of the Canadian Caribou, the McCloskey brothers had finally struck a rich pay-streak in the 25,000,000 diggings at Atlin, across the mountains northeast of Juneau in British Columbia. They acquired a prime location next door to the declining Central, in close proximity to the steam ship docks and central to the business district. Some guests and locals claim the hotel is haunted by a woman who was pressured into the skin trade. The woman was killed by her husband when he found out about her extramarital activities. Today, many guests report a presence in room 218 and 219. Also, while you're bleeding the lizard, or some other crass idiom for relieving yourself, be wary. The bathroom reportedly transitions between old fashioned and modern day decor.
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