"A BRIEF HISTORY"

Hidden quietly in the Chugach National Forest, Crow Creek Mine provides a unique opportunity to relive the Historic Gold Rush of Alaska. Established in 1896, Crow Creek Mine, is one of Alaska's most renowned hydraulic gold mining operation. With estimated production rate of 700 ounces per month in the day, this makes Crow Creek Mine one of the largest producing placer gold deposit in the state of Alaska. Overtime greater awareness of water quality issues created stricter federal regulations resulting in the closure of hydraulic mining operations across the country. Nestled high in the mountains along the historic Iditarod trail, Crow Creek Mine was well removed from the everyday conveniences of modern society. Daily chores, providing food and shelter, tools and supplies, were said to be harder than the actual mining itself. The hard work and struggles of working in such an isolated location. This is apparent in the well preserved and maintained of our historic mining camp. The Toohey family took over ownership and management of the property in 1969, from the original mine manager Arne Erickson. Since then, the family has worked hard to preserve the rich history and create a truly authentic experience for visitors. Crow Creek Mine offers a unique blend of historical buildings, antiques, rare mining equipment, beautiful gardens, amazing mountain scenery, hiking trails (including the Historic Iditarod Trail), and access to the explore and prospect on the mines’ original claims. Our property is still producing Gold to this very day, and offers a great experience for families, as well as those more experienced and seroius about Gold Prospecting. With a little bit of work, as well as some luck, you might find yourself coming down with a severe case of “gold fever”.  

           

      Chris Spillum                               Simon Wible                                  Arne Erickson

"Mess Hall" built 1898 - Oldest Building in Anchorage Municipality. On National Register of Historic Places.

"Mess Hall" built 1898 - Oldest Building in Anchorage Municipality. On National Register of Historic Places.