For another day trip from Anchorage, we visited Independence Mine State Historical Park located just over an hour’s drive northeast of Anchorage. The mine opened in the early 1900’s after Robert Lee Hatcher discovered and staked the first gold lode claim nearby.
The Independence Mine was once two mines. The Alaska Free Gold Mine and Independence Mine merged in 1938 and were named Alaska-Pacific Consolidated Mining Company (APC). APC became the largest gold producer in the Willow Creek Mining District with claims that covered over 1,350 acres. Continue reading “A Day at Independence Mine State Historical Park”