AJ Mine Gastineau Mill Tour
Relive Juneau’s mining heritage on a unique visit to what was once the world’s largest gold producing mill. Constructed in 1913, the Alaska Gastineau Mill was a revolutionary plant that introduced new technologies to the mining industry. Following a short ride to the site of the mill ruins, you will make your way through the rain forest and up Mount Roberts. At a display of old equipment, your guide will explain the different mining methods used here.
After donning hard hats you will proceed along a boardwalk into a 360-foot long tunnel. Inside, you will meet experienced miners who will demonstrate hard rock mining techniques and will give you a feel for the mining lifestyle. Returning to the mill site you may pan for gold from the tailings of the mine. Pay dirt is guaranteed and you keep what you find. Wander among the many displays, the ruins and the gift shop. Your driver will explain the mining industry’s current role in Juneau as you return to town. Dress warmly for underground portion of the tour. Duration: Approximately 2 ¼ hours.