A Historic Gold Mine

A Visit to Independence Mine
Independence Mine, high in the mountains east of Wasilla, was a working gold mine until World War II. Today it is a park. All but a few of its buildings are boarded up or have been reduced to rubble.

A squirrel (lower corner of far right picture) emerges from the bunkhouse (upper left), which is closed to larger visitors. The boards on the bunkhouse windows have been painted silver.

A visitor looks into the mine's entrance shaft. which is still half-buried in snow in early summer (lower left).

Chugach Mountain range
Spring Summer Fall Winter
Kenai Fjords Portage Glacier * Independence Mine Homer
State Fair Fur Rendezvous Fishing Wildlife
Sled Dog Race
Downtown Anchorage in winter Travel Tips
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