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There's gold in them there hills--and you can pan for some.
It was 1880 when two prospectors named Joe Juneau and Richard Harris arrived at Gold Creek. Along the banks of the river, they came upon a Tlingit fishing camp of the Auke tribe, where the chief showed them gold flakes in the creek. This resulted in the discovery of one of the largest gold deposits ever found. It took only a month after they claimed their stake before the first boatloads of prospectors arrived. Overnight, a town sprouted here along the shores of Gastineau Channel.
It is still fascinating to imagine what went on around here.
This tour includes:
- Escorted tour by prospector/guide
- Van transfer to and from Gold Creek
- Gold panning lessons
- Narration on the gold discovery of Juneau and hard rock mining
- Views of the Alaska-Juneau Mine Site
- All the gold you can find!
- Gold claim certificate
The Alaska-Juneau Mine proved to be the most successful of the three hard-rock gold mines that developed from this discovery. It operated for more than 50 years, located behind the now-existing city of Juneau. At its peak, the mill employed 1,000 men to process 12,000 tons of ore a day. It closed down in 1944, as wartime labor shortages made mining difficult, and never re-opened.
This tour will fill in the blanks about the history of Juneau's gold discovery. You'll be escorted by a guide who knows the facts about these tales of wealth and tragedy, and you'll see the site of the Alaska-Juneau Mine.
We'll teach you how to pan for gold and you can keep all you find. And, if you come up empty, we'll give you a certificate for one square inch of the Orelove Brothers claim!
- Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
- This tour is suitable for all ages and no prior experience is necessary, just good health and an adventurous spirit.
- This tour is not suitable for guests confined to wheelchairs due to the uneven terrain at Last Chance Basin.
Days offered: 7 days a week