Hike into His­tory

Where Alaska - - Where Calendar 2014 -

The came pec­tors Har­ris called first in made “Gold Joseph Juneau ma­jor a Creek.” find Alaska Juneau in 1880 in what gold and when is strike Richard now pros

lode The that find still led sup­ports to the dis­cov­ery min­ing to­day. of a

Fur­ther gold strikes at Klondike and

Nome around 1890 drew even more

prospec­tors, in­clud­ing the fa­mous

Wy­att Earp, to Alaska.

There was a time when the min­ers

of Juneau hiked each day for hours

to get to their jobs in the adits high

above down­town Juneau. To­day,

the his­toric Per­se­ver­ance Trail gives

vis­i­tors a taste of what that daily trek

was like — al­beit with­out the gru­el­ing

drudgery faced by most.

The six-mile roundtrip trail winds

hik­ers to­day up into Sil­ver­bow Basin,

along Gold Creek, where lo­cals still

pan for gold to­day.

But not ev­ery­one has to go the dis­tance. Chance was ing Build­ing, Com­pany’s once Min­ing which In­stead, the Alaska his­toric Mu­seum. was check used Juneau Com­pres­sor out This by the Gold the relic Last min- Min­ing Gastineau These com­pany days, Chan­nel from it’s main­tained 1912 His­tor­i­cal un­til 1944. So­ci­ety, by the

noted His­toric on Places the Na­tional and can Reg­is­ter be found of at the Vis­i­tors end of can Basin check Road. out one of the

world’s largest min­ing air com­pres

sors, a host of in­dus­trial min­ing tools and ar­ti­facts as­so­ci­ated with hard rock gold min­ing, as well as

elec­tric lo­co­mo­tives and rail cars

which hauled men to the mine and

ore to the mill.

One thing not to be missed is the open­ing to an aban­doned mine

shaft lo­cated just above the park

ing lot. Pas­sage is blocked for safety rea­sons, but cold air from deep in the moun­tain still pours out of the

black hole 24 hours a day.

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