The Sun Pays a Rare Visit to Crow Creek Mine (Girdwood, Alaska, USA)

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Established in 1896, Crow Creek Mine was one of the largest producing hydraulic placer gold mines in South Central Alaska, and today is Alaska’s most popular recreational gold mining area. No exact records are known that tell exactly how much gold was taken from this mine, but estimates put it around 700 ounces a month during peak production. When the commercial mining operations came to a standstill around World War II, many believed that more gold remained in the creek than had ever been mined out of it. The Toohey Family, owners / operators since 1969, strive to preserve not only the rich history and beautiful natural scenery of Crow Creek Mine, but also the gold resources within its claims so that many, for years to come, can experience the same thrill that the prospectors enjoyed when they first arrived at Crow Creek. Nestled in the Chugach Mountains, Crow Creek Mine offers a unique blend of historical buildings, antiques, rare mining equipment, beautiful gardens, amazing wilderness scenery, hiking trails (including the Historic Iditarod Trail), and access to the mines’ original claims. These claims are still producing gold, and, with a little work and luck, you might be surprised to find that you too can catch “gold fever."

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Comments (82)

Warner Athey on December 25, 2014

Interesting area. It is nice to know that even way up there you can still get an ice cold coke. Thanks Laura.

Thommy Tulpe on November 13

A wonderfull picture,i like it! Best wishes from germany.

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Laura Ruth
Burbank, CA, United States

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  • Uploaded on December 25, 2010
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    by Laura Ruth
    • Camera: SONY DSC-H55
    • Taken on 2010/01/03 05:22:43
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