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Indian Valley Mine National Historic Site

Mile 104 Seward Highway, HC52 Box 8814, Indian, AK 99540
907 653 1120
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Indian
Type: Specialty Museums, Historic Sites
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Massachusetts
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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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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Northern VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We spent a day at the mine, learning all about the history. The owners are wonderful and very informative. Fun day for the whole family.

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Mount Carroll, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We stayed 3 nights and had a great experience, you never know which of the many interesting friends you are going to meet, we got to have breakfast with Mike and Marge, Mike wrote the book Dreaming Bears (just started the book and so far a great read), visited with Gail and her very musically talented daughter Bailey, and Sandy... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a great experience for adults and children! The owners personalize your visit with one on one tours and historical knowledge. Untapped from the electronic age, you'll get a wealth of knowledge about gold mining, panning, the local history, and even subsistence living! A great place to visit, immerse yourself into history and it's reasonably priced!

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The family operated business was extremely enjoyable for our kids! We panned for gold and found some nuggets and flakes, which were made into keepsake necklaces for an additional $10. The kids enjoyed the tour of the mine (saw outside entrance embellished with a fun story), crossed the ropes the miners would have used, saw the pets including geese, baby... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The person that helped us was great. Very knowledgeable and very helpful. The mine was closed the day we walked up, but she saw us and invited us in anyway. The outfit down the road, Crow Creek Mine, turned us down flat just an hour before. Gold Panning was the #1 activity on her to do list, so we were... More

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Columbus Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I'm not sure why they charge $1 admission. The museum is a waste of time. They show you the entrance to the mines and thats it. If you come here, just come here for the gold panning which is the best in Alaska that I found. Its right off seward highway.

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We planned to call in for an hour on the way to Homer but ended up staying for 3! This was also due to us getting there early and the owner having time to spend with just us. We firstly had a look at the outside of the mine and the owner told us the history, looking at the tools... More

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Ashburn, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

I thought it would be fun to try my hand at gold panning and this "mine" is fairly close to Anchorage, so we decided to give it a try. The day we arrived was the second to last day of the season and at first we were the only customers. We were soon greeted and told there was a $1/person... More

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