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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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Very cool experience

If you ever wanted to learn gold panning and want a fun experience for all ages, this is your stop. Indian valley is a historical site that gives you access with a tour for $1 per... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Nate D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you ever wanted to learn gold panning and want a fun experience for all ages, this is your stop. Indian valley is a historical site that gives you access with a tour for $1 per person. They give you a little tour and some history about the mine and its founders. Then you can purchase small, medium, or large... More 

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Thank Nate D
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a fun activity enjoyed by all. The drive down from Anchorage was beautiful. The kids found some little pieces of gold and were very happy with their time spent there. The owner came by and showed us how to "pan" for gold and came back by and helped us find a few more pieces of gold in the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very small little place, but there is a lot to see. The primary draw of course is the gold panning. If you are patient and listen well it can be very fun but little ones or anyone with a short attention span might not be all that into gold panning as you're looking for very very small... More 

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

I did a gem mine before in Asheville….so I expected something along those lines- pretty easy stuff right? Not at all! The gentleman there was very helpful with teaching us how to use the equipment to find the gold in the pan. We had a great time. We bought the bigger bucket and medium bucket not realizing how much work... More 

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savannah, ny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

The décor was very cool, with antique tools and goods from the past. Dan showed us how to pan (and for me some patience), we had a blast. We did find some gold, but the experience was well worth the stop..

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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 via mobile

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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