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Relive Juneau's mining heritage on a unique tour of what was once the world's largest gold producing mill. Hear the story of this great mine that was once the the heartbeat of Juneau.
During a brief ride along the beautiful Gastineau Channel your driver will set the stage for your underground adventure. While overlooking breathtaking views of Gastineau Channel, your guide explains the different mining methods used throughout the mine.
Donning hard hats, the tour proceeds along a boardwalk into a 360-foot-long tunnel. Experienced miners will demonstrate hard rock mining techniques and acquaint you with the mining lifestyle.
Back at the mill, you will try your own hand at panning for gold and garnets. Pay dirt is guaranteed and you keep what you find!
Wander through our displays and bring back that special gift from our gift shop.
- The tour is approximately 2 hours. Dress warmly for the underground part of the tour.
- Our tour is family owned and operated. Our goal is to share our personal passion for mining
and Juneau’s mining history.
- The AJ Mine/Gastineau Mill tour is Alaska's only authentic underground mine tour. An experienced underground miner is your guide.
- This tour provides an affordable and enjoyable experience for all ages.
- Outdoor presentations are made in heated, covered areas.
- See the first steam engine brought to Alaska, along with displays of other mining equipment.
- A coverered area is set aside for visitors to experience the excitement of panning for gold and garnets.
- Handicap accessible
Your first stop is the conveyer tunnel. You will meet our experienced miner and proceed into the 360 foot long tunnel on the boardwalk.
Donning hardhats you will venture underground, and
Miner Jerry demonstrating the 12B overshot mucker, one of the pieces of equipment demonstrated underground.
Display of pictures and artifacts depicting the kinds of mining used in the state of Alaska.
Covered/heated presentation area. Our guide will give the brief history of the AJ Mine and the milling process used in the Gastineau Mill, making it the largest producer of gold in its time.
You will learn to pan for gold and garnets,
Wander among the artifacts and authentic mine equipment displayed at the mill site.
Be sure to visit the gift shop/museum for
Ground was broken on the millsite on October 31, 1913. The land had been cleared previously and tramways erected for handling construction supplies. The first of four sections of the mill was completed February 12, 1915, commencing operations. By Ovember 1915, all four sections of the mill were in operation and treating 6000 tons of ore daily. The entire mining industry watched the Gastineau in amazement. The value of the stock rose from $10/share when initially issued in 1912, to $24/share while in the construction state in 1914, to $40.75/share in 1915.
The mill continued to set records until World War I depleted the company of its manpower. Post war inflation and gold prices set at $20.67 per ounce forced the mind to close in 1921. The facilities were scrapped and salvaged. What you see today is all that is left of the great Alaska Gastineau mine that recovered 500,00 ounces of gold from 12 million tons of ore.
Give us a call! We'd love to hear your questions and share our passion for the AJ Mine and Gastineau Mill.
907.789.9797 (winter phone)
Beverly and Jerry Harmon
P.O. Box 34105
Juneau, Alaska 99803