Independence Mine State Historical Park
Independence Mine State Historical Park is located in Hatchers Pass in the Talkeetna Mountains about a 2 hour drive from Anchorage. Travel north to Palmer and take the Hatcher Pass Road about 18 miles to the park. Enjoy a scenic drive into the mountains and visit an historic gold mine.
Independence Mine was a hard rock gold mining operation run by Alaska-Pacific Consolidated Mining Company. It was actively mined from 1938 to 1943 and at its peak in 1941 the mine employed as many as 200 workers. Nearly six million dollars worth of gold was mined from Independence Mine. The mine was ordered to close by the U.S. government because it was considered nonessential to the war effort. Mining began again in 1946 but Independence Mine was closed for good in 1951 when gold mining became an unprofitable venture. The State Historical Park was established in the late 1970's.
A self-guided walking tour of the mine offers visitors a look at an important part of Alaska's history. The Mine Manager's House, built in 1939, has been renovated and now serves as the park Visitor Center. This 271-acre park includes a museum, several buildings remaining from the boom town, old gold mining machinery, hiking trails and recreational gold panning. For more information on Independence Mine State Historical Park please visit the Alaska Parks website for Independence Mine State Historical Park.
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