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Lucky Show Contango ORE Willow Creek Mining District Robert Lee Hatcher map

Willow Creek Mining District revisited

Roughly a 90-minute drive from Anchorage, it can be easy to miss Willow as one makes their way northbound. The view of Denali on the horizon, perhaps a visit to the Princess Lodge or a... — Updated 3/3/2022 Full story

 
Kennecott Copper Mine Alaska Syndicate Stephen Birch J.P. Morgan Guggenheim

Alaskan copper mine, once giant of America

"During the two decades preceding and those following World War I, when the United States produced more than half the world's copper, the mines at Kennecott, Alaska were among the... — Updated 1/20/2022 Full story

 
Alaska Earth Sciences Bill Ellis geologist history Ambler Mining District

Bill Ellis blazes trail of Alaska discovery

Throughout the relatively short modern history of Alaska, many nameless and oft unrecognized explorers have contributed to the Last Frontier state in ways that future generations will... — Updated 9/30/2021 Full story

 
Alaska mining history Dyea Skagway Klondike Gold Rush ghost town Palm Sunday

Dyea, Alaska: The lost sibling to Skagway

If one were to stand in the dense, silent coastal forest at the head of the Taiya Inlet today, it would be nearly impossible to imagine that 123 years prior, this Southeast Alaska locale... — Updated 8/12/2021 Full story

 
Apollo-Sitka gold mine Unga Island Alaska Aleutian Islands Aleut history mining

Forgotten chain of Alaska mining history

After the United States' purchase of Alaska, and before the boom brought on by the Klondike Gold Rush, a small island just off the Alaska Peninsula would have gold-bearing quartz... — Updated 5/27/2021 Full story

 
Alaska Commercial Company mining history Klondike Gold Rush ACC Store

The Alaskan business as old as America

"Less than a year after the formal transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States, there was formed under California law a corporation named the Alaska Commercial Company. Its home... — Updated 1/28/2021 Full story

 
Wheels On Ice Edward R. Jesson Dawson City Nome bicycle Terrence Cole

Thousand-mile ride from Dawson to Nome

Over a century ago, a gold rush pioneer set out on an incredible journey of more than one thousand miles across the breadth of Alaska upon his two-wheeled iron steed, braving the brutal... — Updated 1/18/2021 Full story

 
Hyder Alaska Stewart B.C. Canada COVID-19 mining history gold rush

Friendliest mining ghost town in Alaska

Resting on the eastern fringe of the Misty Fjords National Monument, at the head of Portland Canal, the Southeast Alaska mining town of Hyder survives through a symbiotic relationship... — Updated 12/3/2020 Full story

 

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