Attractions/Sites

Attractions/Sites

The following list is a sample of what Alaska has to offer for those interested in its history. For more information, contact individual communities and try the links below:
  
Alaska State Travel Planner
Detailed road maps of Alaska

National Register of Historic Places

For information about Museums in Alaska, visit the Museums Alaska site
    

Click on the Menu of Communities below for specific attractions.
Anchorage Dawson City Hope & Sunrise McCarthy-Kennicott Sutton
Central Delta Junction Houston Nome Tok
Chicken Eagle City Juneau Palmer Valdez
Copper Center Fairbanks Ketchikan Seward Wasilla
Cordova Haines Matanuska-Susitna Skagway Wrangell

GOLD RUSH HIGHLIGHTS RELICS & HISTORIC BUILDINGS

 

 

Anchorage       Back to Top

Anchorage Museum of History and Art
Includes permanent exhibits of the Gold Rush Era. (907) 343-6173.

Fairbanks Gold Company Mining Museum and Gold Works
The museum features displays on placer mining, old mining equipment, a video on gold dredges in Fairbanks and a collection of Ice Age bones discovered while gold mining. You can also learn how to pan for gold. (907) 457-6058.

Alaska Museum of Natural History
Enjoy the collection, entitled "Alaska's Gold Rush: Yesterday. . .and Today!" Explore Treasures of the Great Land, Handtools of the Gold Rush, Tales Our Grandparents Told, and Walter Erickson's Mining Inventions, (including a working scale model of his mining equipment) in downtown Eagle River. (907) 694-0819.

Independence Mine State Historical Park
With 83 mining claims, Independence Mine was the largest producer in the Willow Creek mining district. Tour historic buildings, mill ruins, and the tunnel entrance. Independence Mine is on the National Register of Historic Places. (907) 745-2827.

Crow Creek Pass Trail
In the early 1900s, the Crow Creek Pass Trail took prospectors from the northern shore of Turnagain Arm to Knik and then on to the gold strikes at Iditarod and all the way to Nome. Allow about 2.5 hours to hike part of the Iditarod National Historic Trail to the ruins of an old gold mine and Raven Glacier on your way to the pass. Get a real feel for this gold rush country by hiking the 22.5 miles from Crow pass to the Eagle River Nature Center, north of downtown Anchorage.

Girdwood
The original town site was founded on Turnagain Arm near the mouth of Glacier Creek. The March 27, 1964 earthquake, measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale, caused considerable damage along Turnagain Arm. The quake dropped the entire plain bordering the sea by several feet, allowing high tide to soak the area. Residents soon relocated inland to a drier location.

Crow Creek Mine
Open May-September, Crow Creek Mine is the last remaining 1898 Gold Rush placer mine in the area. Look through eight of the mine's original buildings, which are on the National Register of Historic Places. Pan in the same creek where many struck gold. (907) 278-8060.

The Resurrection Pass Trail
What is now the Resurrection Pass Trail once was the main route for the fortune seekers landing in Seward's Resurrection Bay. They traversed this wilderness trail to reach claims in the Turnagain Arm area or continued on a small boat across Turnagain Arm and followed the trail to Knik, Iditarod, and even to Nome. Today, this scenic 38-mile trail leads you up to an elevation of 2,600 fee and gradually down to the Sterling Highway. Experienced hikers can finish in three days, while more leisurely hikers should plan on five days.

Chicken       Back to Top

Chicken has two dredges (one with a tour) and a real gold-era ghost town (again with a tour). There will soon be the remains of a third dredge (the Jack Wade dredge is being dismantled in summer of 2007 and historic pieces will be moved to Chicken to be displayed). There is also gold panning and recreational mining, one of the few places in the State that is accessible by road that offers these attractions.

 

Central      Back to Top

Circle Historical Museum
(June - September) Prospectors discovered gold along Birch Creek in 1891, and a rush to the area occurred three years before the Klondike discovery. There are still miners working along the creeks in the area. The museum has an excellent collection of mining equipment, a restored and outfitted miner's cabin, and a gold display.

Greater Copper Valley      Back to Top

Pan for Gold
The visitor's center has several different programs to choose from. Visitors can pan for gold with the help of volunteers in Gold Rush era costumes.

George I. Ashby Memorial Museum
(June - September) Housed in a rustic log cabin, the museum gives visitors a look at the Copper River Valley's past. Exhibits include early mining of gold and copper and information about the unfortunate prospectors who tried to take the Valdez Glacier "All-Alaska" Trail to the Klondike gold fields in 1898.

Cordova     Back to Top

Cordova Historical Museum
The town was the terminus of the Copper River and Northwestern Railway that hauled the rich copper ore from the Kennecott Mine to steamships for transport to the smelter at Tacoma, Washington. The museum has exhibits and programs about the copper mines and the railroad. It is also possible to drive to the Million Dollar Bridge, where the railroad crossed the Copper River at the point where several glaciers terminate.

Dawson City, Yukon Territory     Back to Top

Jack London's Cabin
(May 19 - September 21) Interpretive Centre and Displays

Klondike National Historic Sites

  • Palace Grand Theatre. (Mid May - Mid September) Replica of the original theatre built by Arizona Charlie Meadows in 1899.
  • Old Post Office. Built in 1901, mail drop and stamp sales.
  • Robert Service Cabin. Home of the renowned poet Robert W. Service. Recitations at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Bear Creek Complex. Visit the shop complex and community that supported the Klondike gold dredges from 1905 to 1966. Located 11 miles (6.8 km) from town.
  • Dredge #4. Explore this massive machine, the largest wooden hulled, bucket-lined dredge in North American. Located at km 12.3 (mi. 7.8) Bonanza Road.
Delta Junction     Back to Top

Big Delta Historic District
The Big Delta Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Eagle City      Back to Top

The Town of Eagle City
The entire town of 160 residents is a major attraction and much of the atmosphere of the early community remains. The original courthouse, customs house, and five of the Fort Egbert buildings have been restored and now house related museum exhibits which contain many unusual, interesting artifacts. The permanent mining exhibit includes original equipment used by early miners and prospectors for "drift mining." A large collection of photographs tell the story of the 1898 Danish prospectors who blasted out a mountain to get only two miles of dry bedrock on the Fortymile River. Many original houses still remain and are in use. This historic district is a National Historic Landmark.

Fairbanks     Back to Top

Gold Panning at Historic Gold Camps
(Summer) Experience the excitement of gold panning at the famous, historic, gold camp at nearby Ester, at the El Dorado Gold Mine, and at Gold Dredge No. 8. There are reminders of the Gold Rush era at Fox, Chena, Olnes, Chatanika with remains of old mining camps. Ester, Gold Dredge No. 8, and Chatanika are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Fairbanks Community Museum
The summer exhibits feature gold mining from past to present. (907) 452-8671.

University of Alaska Museum
(Year-round) Many of the fossils and artifacts collected by Otto Geist are displayed at the University of Alaska Museum. Many were discovered as a result of gold dredging activities.
(907) 474-7505

Haines     Back to Top

Chilkoot Barracks/Fort William H. Seward
Of the six Army posts opened around Alaska during the Gold Rush, this one retains the most historic integrity. The parade ground, the officers' quarters, and warehouses have been designated a National Historic Landmark. Several of the buildings are hotels, several are bed and breakfast establishments, and others are gift shops.

Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center

The museum interprets the history of the Chilkat Valley. Exhibits describe the Dalton Trail, an overland freight route used before and during the Klondike Gold Rush as an alaternative to the Chilkoot Trail. (907) 766-2366.

Hope - Sunrise      Back to Top

Mining and Historical Museum
(Memorial Day to Labor Day) The museum has exhibits about the Gold Rush in the Turnagain Arm area that preceded the great Klondike strike in 1896. A volunteer studied the site of the abandoned supply town of Sunrise and did restoration work on its cemetery. Instructions to visit the site, which is on private property, can be obtained at the Hope Museum. The town of Hope is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Houston    Back to Top

The historic crossroad for numerous trails accessing placer gold mines on Willow Creek. Take the scenic 15-mile gold trail to Little Willow Creek on the west side of Independence mine. The trail leads to the heart of the Willow Creek mining district. Today, the area is popular for its recreational opportunities and scenic beauty. Additional trails may be accessed at the end of the Houston trail, taking the visitor into ghost towns of hard rock gold mines. Make inquiries at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry. (907) 376-1211.

Juneau      Back to Top

Juneau-Douglas City Museum
(March - December) The museum has an introduction to the large Juneau Gold Belt stretching 40 miles north and south of Juneau and exhibits on mining in Juneau and Douglas. (907) 586-3572.

Last Chance Basin Mining Museum
Special tours can be arranged for a donation to the Gastineau Channel Historical Society. The setting is very picturesque at the base of Snow-Slide Gulch. The tour includes access to the Last Chance Basin Mining Museum located in the old compressor building of the Jualpa Mine Camp. (907) 586-5338.

Treadwell Mine History Tour
This is a self-guided hike along the Treadwell Trail beginning at Sandy Beach on Douglas Island. A map with information on the mining history of the area is available at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum or Davis Log Cabin Visitors Center. The largest stamp mill in the world (960 stamps) was located here. At one time, Douglas was the largest city in Alaska.

Ketchikan      Back to Top

Tongass Historical Museum
This community was a supply center for area miners before becoming a fishing town. The museum archives has an excellent collection of photographs of area mining, and exhibits that reflect the town's mining roots. "Permanent and temporary exhibits are displayed as well as traveling exhibitions from other institutions. (907) 225-5600.

Poker Creek Gold, #18 Creek Street
A retail store featuring an 8-foot working model of a sluice box, a spiral gold clean-up wheel, and historic mining photos and artifacts.

Matanuska-Susitna      Back to Top

Independence Mine State Historical Park
The first lode gold claims in the Independence Mine area were discovered in 1907. The mine had several owners and shut down and reopened many times before it finally closed its doors in 1958. Today, the mine is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a State Historic Park, managed by the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. Several buildings are open to the public. Other buildings are being stabilized.

People may visit the mining area throughout the year. Ski trails are groomed during the winter. The park's visitor center and museum is open during the summer months and guided tours are offered through several of the mine buildings.

Talkeetna Historical Museum
Gold prospectors first ascended the Talkeetna River in 1896. In 1910, the earliest recorded Denali expeditions stopped at a trading post located in Talkeetna. Most of the buildings within the Talkeetna Townsite Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, reflect a small 1917-1940 gold mining community.

Talkeetna Historical Museum and townsite portrays the lives and homes of gold miners, early aviators and climbers of Denali. The museum is open all week during the summer months and weekends in winter. (907) 733-2487.

Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry
The exhibit, "Transportation and Matanuska-Susitna Gold," tells of the first gold prospectors and miners in the Willow Creek district. Maps, tools, and vintage photographs cover the years 1897-1906. This summer, the museum will have a related exhibit about contemporary gold operations in the district. (907) 376-1211.

Knik Museum and Musher's Hall of Fame
During the Upper Cook Inlet Gold Rush era, Knik played a significant role as a transportation and supply center for traffic to distant mines. In addition to the gold mining exhibit, a display will interpret the impact of the Gold Rush on the Native community.
(907) 376-7755.

Dorothy Page Museum Complex
The Dorothy Page Museum (listed in the National Register of Historic Places) and its Old Wasilla Townsite (situated immediately behind the museum) reflect Wasilla's role as an important gateway to the mining districts of Willow, Iditarod and the far north, as well as representing the commercial district for early
homesteaders. (907) 373-9071.

Alpine Historical Park
(Memorial Day - Labor Day) Situated in the center of a vital corridor, the park currently exhibits coal mining artifacts. It also profiles Sutton inhabitants and miners who have contributed to the area's history.

The Chickaloon-Knik-Nelchina Trail exhibit is slated to open in 1998 for the centennial celebration. An exhibit will explain the corridor's history from Native use through the Gold Rush era to current times.

McCarthy - Kennicott      Back to Top

(For information, contact the Greater Copper Valley Chamber of Commerce)

Kennecott Mine
Gold prospectors found rich copper deposits in the Wrangell Mountains in 1899. A few years later the claims were bought by the Morgan-Guggenheim partnership which built a 191-mile railroad to transport the ore between 1911 and 1938.

Today, many of the company's buildings still stand and they have been designated a National Historic Landmark. Visitors can see the 14-story mill and hike to the camps and mine entrances in the hills. There is a lodge in the company town. Also, there are hotels and bed and breakfasts in the town of McCarthy, a short distance away.

Nome      Back to Top

Visitor Information Center
Browse through scrapbooks, historic photo albums, restaurant menus, bird/wildlife sightings and over 60 brochures and informational handouts about Nome and Alaska. Slide shows, videos, and National Park Service lectures are scheduled throughout the peak visitor months (May, June, July, and August).

Largest Gold Pan in the U.S.
Take your photo next to the largest gold pan in the U.S., made from the top of an old Nome fuel tank.

Historical Walking Tour
Take a self-guided walking tour of the few historic buildings in Nome that survived its numerous fires and floods. A tour map and photos of the structures are available at the Visitor Center.

Carrie McLain Memorial Museum
Stop by to see artifacts, photos and treasures from Nome's past. Exhibits include the Gold Rush, Eskimo culture, and temporary traveling presentations. Videos on the history of Nome are shown during the visitor seasons.

Pan for Gold on the Beaches of Nome
(June-August) Try your luck at panning for gold on the historic beaches of Nome. A two-mile stretch of beach, owned by the Alaska Gold Company, has been designated for recreational mining. There is gold in the sands and it is yours to keep, but don't expect to strike it rich. Pan anytime day or night. Gold pans are sold in the local stores. Instruction available.

Count the Gold Dredges
(June-August) Nome has the only operating dredges in Alaska. These dredges are privately owned and operate 24 hours a day in the summer months. Over 44 abandoned dredges (or remnants of) can be seen from Nome's road system.

Tour the Gold Rush City of Nome
(June-August) Learn to pan for gold from a local resident, see a dog team in action, hear stories of the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race, visit the home of an ivory carver, see an historic slide show on Nome's gold rush and pet live reindeer on one of two tours offered in Nome.

Talk with Modern Day Beach Miners
(June-August) Walk down the beach and visit with the people who come to Nome for the summer to live on the beach and mine for gold. Be sure to stop by the old mining equipment collected by the city for a Gold Rush park.

Visit Nome's Elders
(September - May) Visitors are invited to eat lunch at the XYZ Senior Citizens Center and visit with our long-time residents, many of whom have seen first hand much of Nome's history. Friday menus usually include local foods such as reindeer meat, handpicked blueberries and (depending on availability) Native foods such as seal and whale meat. No charge for visiting senior citizens; others are asked to pay a minimal fee.

Palmer      Back to Top

Palmer Historic Walking Tour and Colony House
Take a self-guided walking tour of the Colony Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Starting at Palmer Visitor Center the tour culminates with a visit to the Historic Colony House, a museum recreating the life-style of a 1935 colonist.

Seward      Back to Top

Resurrection Bay Historical Society/Museum
This town was founded during the Gold Rush when developers tried to build a railroad from a year-round port to the gold diggings in the Interior. Two companies went bankrupt before the federal govern-ment finally undertook the project in 1915.

Prior to that time, Seward served as a winter port for miners from Nome and Iditarod, who followed the mail route now known as the Iditarod National Historic Trail.

The museum has exhibits about Seward and its role in Alaska's gold rushes. The historical society has prepared gold rush learning kits and slide programs that are available at the museum during the summer. (907) 224-3902.

Skagway      Back to Top

Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park
Located in the former White Pass and Yukon Railway depot, the visitor's center for the park has Gold Rush exhibits and regular showings of films. Interpreters give special programs and lead walking tours along Broadway during the summer months. The park has a number of other properties, including the Moore Cabin, for visitors to tour. Information about hiking the Chilkoot Trail is also available.
(907) 983-2921.

Trail of '98 Museum
(Winter months upon request; open daily during summer) The museum's collection of artifacts, memorabilia, photographs, and historical records cover one hundred years of Skagway history. The Gold Rush collection of artifacts, the finest in Alaska, were actually used by the stampeders. Skagway businesses, schools, churches, social and fraternal organizations and family life collectibles are all represented in the collection.

Gold Rush Cemetery
Skagway's most famous graveyard is the Gold Rush Cemetery. Records indicate that the first burial occurred there early in 1898. With the exception of two families, the cemetery was no longer used after 1908. One hundred and thirty-three grave sites have been located there but burial records are available for only sixty of them.

Broadway
Skagway's most famous street brings the Gold Rush era alive every day. Shops, galleries, saloons, and shows provide a colorful and entertaining experience. Broadway is also the central business district. Many buildings date to the Gold Rush or resemble turn-of-the-century structures.

Arctic Brotherhood Hall
The Skagway Arctic Brotherhood Hall, built in 1899, is perhaps the most photographed building in the state. Over 20,000 individual pieces of driftwood from Skagway beaches make up the mosaic covering its false front. Currently, the Trail of '98 Museum is using the building.

Dyea and the Chilkoot Trail
Dyea was settled long ago by the Chilkoot Tlingit. The trade route established by the Tlingit from Dyea across the mountains to the interior is called the Chilkoot Trail. During the first year of the Gold Rush, Dyea rivaled Skagway as the largest town in Alaska. After the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad was opened, Dyea underwent an abrupt decline, leaving hotels, banks, and stores vacant. Today, all that remains are some scattered foundation ruins, the rotting stubs of the two-mile-long wharf, the Slide Cemetery where some 60 victims of the 1898 avalanche on the Chilkoot Trail lay buried, all poignant reminders of the hardships, uncertainties, and tragedies of Klondike times. The National Park Service maintains a ranger station during the summer here to check people crossing the Chilkoot Pass and give tours of the valley.

Klondike Highway and Trail of '98
The Klondike Highway is one of the most scenic and historic routes to the Yukon and Interior Alaska. The highway shares the narrow Skagway River Valley with the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad and the historic White Pass Trail of '98. The highway goes through West White Pass while the other two routes pass through White Pass. The route leads through the breathtaking Coast Range with itsgorgeous waterfalls and glaciers to the pass and Continental Divide, where the headwaters of the Yukon begin, and on through subarctic terrain and gorgeous lakes. There are several interpretive stops.

McCabe College Building
This granite masonry building was built in 1899 as a Methodist College for Women. It had operated less than a year, when purchased by the U.S. Government, serving the next 60 years as a courthouse and jail in District Court I, Territory of Alaska. The City of Skagway took it over in the early 1960s.

 

Sutton      Back to Top

Chickaloon-Nelchina-Knik Trail

The trail can be accessed by the trail head at King River, just north of Sutton on the Glenn Highway. It was first blazed in 1898 to try and find an "All American" route to the gold fields without having to cross Canadian soil. This scenic trail climbs slowly, skirting the base of Castle Mountain. Recreational guides are available for those who prefer to take the trail on horseback. Make inquiries at the Alpine Heritage Park in Sutton or King Mountain Lodge in Chickaloon.

 

Tok      Back to Top

Historic Equipment Display - Mukluk Land
(Summer) See early-day mining equipment, some actually operating, Alaska Road Commission construction machinery, old snowmobile collection, and gold panning
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Historic Chicken
(Summer) Take a day trip from Tok, enjoy the beautiful scenery, see operating gold mines from the Taylor Highway, visit the old community of Chicken, see dredges, meet and talk to modern-day miners. Meet Chicken's famous "Old Grump." Pan for gold.

 

Valdez      Back to Top

Mineral Creek Canyon
Hike, jog, mountain bike, or cross-country ski along and past gold mining trails. See the remains of an old stamp mill near the city.

Rafting in Keystone Canyon
(Summer) Embark on your own adventure through spectacular Keystone Canyon, explored as a military route by Lt. W.R. Abercrombie in 1898.

Sentimental Journeys
(Summer) Experience a convertible, antique touring bus while viewing the historic sites and structures dating back to the Gold Rush era. See the Old Town cemetery and the starting point of the All American Route.

The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive
In 1898, 4,000 prospectors arrived at Valdez en route to the Klondike Gold Fields via the All American Route across Valdez Glacier. In 1998, visitors will relive the original experience through temporary and permanent exhibits. Diaries, journals, letters, photographs, and objects will reflect the people and times of the Valdez Gold Rush. If you are related to anyone who came to Valdez in 1898 - 1902, please contact the Valdez Museum on the Internet at http://www.valdezmuseum.org/

Wrangell      Back to Top

Collections Museum
The Collections Museum is a privately-owned museum full of wonderful artifacts from Wrangell's colorful past, the Bigelow family collection, and the Gold Rush days.

Stikine River
The Stikine River served as a route to three gold rushes between 1861 and 1898 - the Stikine, Cassiar, and Klondike Gold Rushes. See Cottonwood Island where over 3,000 prospectors created Stikine City during the harsh winter while waiting for the river to thaw. In spring, instead of miners you will see an incredible congregation of bald eagles. See first hand the route miners traversed in their quest for gold.

Wrangell Museum
Wrangell was the jumping-off point for several gold rushes. In 1861, gold was discovered on the Stikine River causing a stampede in 1862. In the early 1870s, thousands of miners moved through Wrangell on their way to the Cassiar gold fields. Then in the late 1890s, Wrangell served as a "back-door" route to the Klondike, with miners traveling up the Stikine and following various waterways to the headwaters of the Yukon.

Wrangell Museum is a city-owned museum that chronicles Wrangell's past. In addition to its displays of Gold Rush history and Alaska's early aviation and communication history, it boasts the oldest known Tlingit houseposts in existence.

Rent a Cabin on the Stikine River

Reserve any of the 21 remote U.S. Forest Service Cabins in the Wrangell area available for rent, including 11 on the Stikine River and tidal flats, an historical gold route that is still used today. Plane and boat rentals available to transport you and your gear. Contact the USFS Wrangell Ranger District at (907) 874-2323.

 

Wasilla      Back to Top

Valley Performing Arts Theater

Witness a Gold Rush theatrical performance. Call the Dorothy Page Museum (907) 373-9071 and Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry (907) 376-1211 for information on performances held at the Valley Performing Arts Theater.

 

Gold Rush Highlights Relics and Historic Buildings      Back to Top

ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Museum of History and Art and the Alaska Public Lands Information Center have exhibits on mining. The museum also has a collection of Gold Rush paintings.

CENTRAL - See the area's only surviving roadhouse and a mining museum.

CHICKEN - Log cabins and the schoolhouse featured in the book Tisha still stand.

The F.E. Co. Dredge #4 at the Chicken Gold Camp has been listed as a National Historic Site and is now open for tours. It is the most complete dredge open to the public in Alaska/Yukon. There are many other historical mining relics adjoining the dredge.

CHITINA - Living ghost town, several mining era buildings remain. Learn about mining at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Visitor Center.

CIRCLE HOT SPRINGS - Many miners went to the hot springs to relax and it is still open to the public today.

COLDFOOT - See the old cemetery. The visitor center has exhibits on mining in the area.

COPPER CENTER - Trading post located here in 1896. In 1898-99, 300 prospectors wintered here. The village became the principal settlement and supply center in the region.

CORDOVA - Copper, not gold, built this town. The museum tells about both, however, because many gold miners passed through or got their supplies here.

DELTA JUNCTION - Rika's Roadhouse is part of Big Delta State Historical Park.

DOUGLAS - A walking trail takes one past remains of the Treadwell Mine, the first load gold operation in Alaska.

DYEA - Dock pilings and the cemetery for victims of an avalanche at Chilkoot Pass are among the remains of the town that was at the base of the Chilkoot Trail.

EAGLE - A number of buildings remain, including Fort Egbert, the courthouse and waterhouse. The historical society has tours and many exhibits.

EAGLE RIVER - The Alaska Museum of Natural History has exhibits about geology and mining.

FAIRBANKS - Mining relics include the Chena Pump House, Ester Camp, Chatanika Camp, Gold Dredge No. 8, and the Davidson Ditch. The University of Alaska Museum has mining exhibits, including a spectacular gold case. Alaskaland has several Gold Rush era buildings and the restored sternwheeler Nenana.

FLAT - Gold Rush relics include mining equipment, buildings, and houses.

GIRDWOOD - Tour mine buildings and pan for gold at Crow Creek Mine. Indian Valley Mine, west of Girdwood, is open for visitors.

HAINES - Visitors can stay in buildings at Fort Seward, the last of the six posts established by the army to maintain order during the Gold Rush. The museum has exhibits about the Chilkat (Dalton)Trail, known as the freight route during the Gold Rush.

HOPE - Gold Rush buildings include the log community hall and a mining history museum.

IDITAROD - A ghost town that was a supply center on the Iditarod Trail.

INDEPENDENCE MINE - A State Historical Park. Tour mine buildings, study exhibits in the Manager's House and Assay Office, and hike to the underground mine entrances.

JUNEAU - Many Gold Rush homes, businesses, and mine buildings remain, including the remnants of the Alaska Juneau Mining Company. The city and state museums have mining exhibits.

KANTISHNA - Gold mining in the area started in 1905 and continues today. Stay at a roadhouse and explore the remains of cabins, equipment, and mines in the area.

KENNICOTT - Stay at a lodge and see the buildings of the Kennecott Copper Mine and company town.

KETCHIKAN - See Gold Rush exhibits at the museum, and visit Creek Street, the town's infamous red light district.

LIVENGOOD - Some buildings remain in this ghost town.

MANLEY HOT SPRINGS - The Gold Rush era lodge and hot springs are still in operation.

McCARTHY - Copper miners came from Kennicott to McCarthy for recreation. There are historic buildings, lodging and a small museum.

NABESNA - Almost all the buildings still stand at the mine established in 1929.

NOME - A few Gold Rush era buildings remain, including the Discovery Saloon and St. Joseph's Catholic Church. See mining equipment around town and at the city museum. The discovery sites on Anvil and Snow Creeks are just outside of town.

RUBY - This Gold Rush town continues to serve gold miners today. Stay at the historic roadhouse and view displays of mining artifacts and photographs.

SEWARD - This was the southern end of the Iditarod Trail. The museum has mining exhibits and the park has an Iditarod Trail display.

SITKA - The seat of government for Alaska until 1906. Gold was discovered near here in 1871. The museum has Gold Rush exhibits.

SKAGWAY - Visitors can ride the White Pass & Yukon narrow gauge railway to the summit of White Pass. Many buildings from the Gold Rush era remain. The city has a museum, and the National Park Service has a visitors center. The nearby Chilkoot Trail is littered with cast off equipment and other remains from the Klondike Gold Rush.

STEVENS VILLAGE - The community recreated a woodyard, like the hundreds along the Yukon, Tanana, and other Interior Alaska rivers that fed the more-than-200 steam-boats on the rivers during the Gold Rush era.

TALKEETNA - Visitors can see log cabins, stores, the Talkeetna Roadhouse, Fairview Inn, and a museum with mining memorabilia.

TOLOVANA - The roadhouse was along the trail between Fairbanks and Rampart (Manley Hot Springs), both mining camps. In 1926, it was a stop on the famous dog sled relay that began at Nenana and transported serum to fight an outbreak of diphtheria in Nome.

VALDEZ - Learn about the Valdez Glacier Trail, Trans-Alaska Military Road, and mining in the area at the city museum.

WASILLA - The town replaced Knik in 1917 as the supply center for area mines. Three area museums tell the story.

WISEMAN - Many charming log cabins remain; the Wiseman Trading Company has photographs and mining artifacts.

WRANGELL - Gold was discovered near here in 1861. Wrangell was a supply town for prospectors heading to Cassiar and the museum has a Gold Rush exhibit.

Alaska Facts

State Nick Name: "The Last Frontier" - the name Alaska is derived from the Aleut word "Aleyska," meaning "great land."

State Motto: "North to the Future"

State Capital: Juneau, located in the Southeast region of Alaska, has a population of 33,277 (2015 Estimate of Population, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development)

Alaska Map:

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