Juneau, Alaska, US
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Approximately 2¼ Hours
Meals not included
Relive Juneau's mining heritage on a tour of what was once the world's largest gold-producing mill.
Hear the story of this great mine that was the heartbeat of Juneau. A short ride from the pier brings you to the site of the mill ruins, where you will venture underground into the conveyer tunnel through which crushed ore was transported to the mill.
Don a hard hat and proceed on foot along a boardwalk into the 360-foot-long tunnel. Inside, experienced miners demonstrate hard rock mining techniques, giving you a feel for the mining lifestyle. Return to the mill site, constructed in 1913. The Alaska Gastineau Mill was a revolutionary plant that introduced new technologies to the mining industry. A guide will explain why this process was unique among the different kinds of mining used in Alaska. After a brief demonstration, you can pan for gold and garnets from the tailings of the mine. Pay dirt is guaranteed and you can keep what you find. Wander among displays and the ruins. View the first locomotive to come to Alaska for mining. Visit the gift shop and museum before you return to town.
The mine is usually cold and damp inside. Dress warmly in layers with a wind- and waterproof outer layer; bring gloves, a scarf and a warm hat. The content of this tour is identical to Underground Mine & Gold Panning. Only guests using a wheelchair can book this tour, as it ensures accessible transportation. Due to the specialized nature of some lift-equipped vehicles, priority is given to guests using a wheelchair and one companion only; additional companions may be required to travel on the transportation provided for Underground Mine & Gold Panning. Bookings not marked with an accessibility requirement will be removed from the tour's inventory.