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Indian Valley Mine National Historic Site

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Address: Mile 104 Seward Highway, HC52 Box 8814, Indian, AK 99540
Phone Number: 907 653 1120
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My daughter really wanted to gold pan in Alaska

This was a nice stop on the Seward Highway. We spent almost two hours panning and have a small vial of gold flakes, garnets, and copper. This is a family business and they were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Houston, Texas, United States
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Houston, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This was a nice stop on the Seward Highway. We spent almost two hours panning and have a small vial of gold flakes, garnets, and copper. This is a family business and they were friendly and helpful. My daughter had fun looking around the property and especially enjoyed the duck pond.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This was a great part day activity and something you can't really find anywhere else. We started with a tour of the grounds and a bit of a history lesson. Then, we got straight to work panning for gold--it's harder than it looks! In the end, we found gold flakes (including 1 of an impressive size), silver, garnet, and copper.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This place is a few miles down the Seward Hwy connecting Anchorage and Seward. The gold panning activity itself was a bit tame for me, but some people in my family did enjoy it a lot. It just depends what you like doing. I am a little impatient myself, so sifting for specks of gold was not exactly my thing.... More 

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Titusville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We went to another Gold panning experience in Fairbanks and it was geared more toward the cruise lines. This one was geared toward the families that stopped in and it was fun. The owners are wonderful and friendly. Thank you for a fantastic experience!

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The Villages, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

We went to Indian Valley Mine wanting to learn more about the history of the mine and how the person found the gold. Thinking National Historic Site was a little misleading. We bought a $50.00 bucket of dirt which we knew was salted with a few tiny gold flakes. This is not our first time panning. I thought we were... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We had 5 in our party (3 adults and two teens) and all enjoyed the visit. The staff is very friendly and welcoming including the ducks and geese! Don't come expecting to sift for gold out of the river but rather with the intent to understand the process. We paid $55 for the five if us ($1each and we chose... More 

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Cleveland, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Original miners cabin and workshop with many old tools and articles. We were given a tour and shown the old mine. People were there panning for gold. They also sell jewelry and other. Items in the gift shop.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The best part of this, is the tour of the place. I am terrible with names but the woman who is a part owner with her tour of the place its, chickens, ducks, geese, tortoise and rabbit and garden really made it worth the stop not mining for gold, really enjoyed it.

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Burlington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Was fully expecting this stop on the Turnagain arm to be a total hokey tourist trap. Wound up pleasantly charmed by the operators and had a fun time learning how to pang for gold. Found some flakes, a few small nuggets, some fool's gold, and even a few raw garnets. Worth checking out!

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Indian Valley Mine is a hidden gem on mile 104! We visited on 7/8/14 and truly enjoyed our visit. Our family passed by it the first time and had to turn around before pulling into the lot. What may look like a run down shack is a true living history museum. We did not know what we were getting into... More 

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