Mendenhall Valley, Juneau

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Mendenhall Valley, Juneau, Alaska.
A Capital Transit System bus approaching the Mendenhall River bridge on Mendenhall Loop Road in December 2012. This bridge marks the furthest crossing upriver.

Mendenhall Valley (locally known as The Valley) is an area of Juneau in the U.S. state of Alaska. The valley, named for physicist and meteorologist Thomas Corwin Mendenhall, was formed by Mendenhall Glacier over the course of roughly three thousand years. It is the largest area of Juneau in terms of population.

The Mendenhall Valley begins ten miles from the downtown area, at the intersection between of Egan Drive and Glacier Highway, and ends ten miles further west at the intersection of Glacier Highway and Mendenhall Loop Road at Auke Bay. The Valley comprises an area stretching from the wetlands along Fritz Cove and Auke Bay back to the Mendenhall Glacier as well as Mendenhall Lake and Mendenhall River, which for the most part drains the valley.

There are four elementary schools (Auke Bay, Glacier Valley, Mendenhall River, and Riverbend) one middle school (Floyd Dryden), and one high school (Thunder Mountain) located in the valley. Most of Juneau's churches are located in Mendenhall Valley.

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Coordinates: 58°23′30″N 134°34′00″W / 58.39167°N 134.56667°W / 58.39167; -134.56667[1]