Hike into History
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.