Documentary History of American Water-works

Introduction Historical Background Chronology Geography Biography Technology Ownership and Financing General Bibliography
Pacific States
Alaska Juneau

Juneau, Alaska

Juneau was the first new town to be founded after the American purchase in 1867 and became the capital in 1906.  Juneau is the only state capital that has no road connections and relies on air and water transporation.

The first water works in Juneau was started around 1888 by Stillman Lewis from Cincinnati, a Harvard professor of archaeology. The company may have been called the Juneau Water Company or Lewis Water Company, or these could be separate entities.  The Juneau Water Company was incorporated in Washington State on June 16, 1902, which may be the same entity since Alaska had no way to charter companies.

The Juneau Water Company was dissolved in 1941, when it may have been purchased by the City of Juneau.  A 1946 court case to determine the valuation of the system has some historical information.

The waterworks are currently owned by the City/Borough of Juneau.

2015 Morris A. Pierce