National Geographic : 1959 Jul
Russian Cathedral's Weathered Spire Endures Above Sitka, Alaska's Early Capital Explorers from Siberia who founded the outpost in 1804 made it the capital of Russian America. When the United States bought Alaska from the Tsar in 1867, Americans took possession at Sitka. The town remained the capital until 1906, when the Terri torial Government moved to Juneau. Sitkans, bemoaning their long rainy winters, tell visitors, "If you've lived through one of our sum mers, you won't mind the other 364 days." Beyond the Orthodox Cathedral of St. Michael lie the cloud-draped islands of Sitka Sound. Communicant admires an icon, Madonna and Child, from the cathedral's world-famous collection. SUPER ANSCOCHROME(LEFT) AND KODACHROME( N.G .S .