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Douglas originated in 1881 to service mining activities, and became an incorporated city in 1902. Douglas was once a larger town than Juneau, but closure of the Treadwell gold mine in 1917 shifted attention to mines in Mt Roberts south of town. Today Douglas is a residential community on Douglas Island.

Douglas Island is south of Juneau and connected to it by bridge. The Gastineau Channel lies between Douglas and Juneau. The area is governed by the unified city and borough of Juneau including Douglas.

The Douglas Indian Association, a federally recognized tribe, is located in Douglas, and represents the Tlingits who have historically occupied the area.

Douglas | Location: Douglas Alaska 99824

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07/18 Coming to The Douglas area
Alaska Folk Festival Juneau AK April8-14 FREE! There is no admission charge to any concert, dance, workshop or other event. AFF encourages and supports non-professional musicians as well as professionals.
Southeast Alaska State Fair Haines AK July25-28 This annual fair is held at the fairgrounds in Haines in mid-August and grew out of a strawberry festival. It features agriculture, home arts, fine arts and crafts. The highlight is the Bald Eagle Music Festival. Pig racing for cookies is a featured attraction, along with a logging contest, art demonstrations, exhibits of flowers, livestock, baked goods, quilting, and woodworking. A horse show, parade and other events round out the attractions.
Alaska Bald Eagle Festival Haines AK November11-17 This festival celebrates the world's largest gathering of bald eagles in the Chilkat Valley near Haines at a time when the eagles are feeding on a late run of coho and chum salmon. The eagles congregate along the Chilkat River and can easily be viewed from many pullouts on the Haines Highway in the Bald Eagle Preserve. The festival includes the release of wild rehabilitated eagles, live bird presentations, art exhibits, naturalist-guided tours, photographic workshops, seminars on birding and natural history topics, exhibits, and keynote speakers.