Our local Hatcher Pass area has its own place in the rock cycle… in the form of gold! People are still finding gold in the hills today, and with the increasing price of gold, you may want to find some gold yourself. Independence Mine has a rough history, beginning in 1906. Although the corporation hasn’t mined there since 1953, gold is still found today, in areas like Archangel Valley, from hikers to professional minors, with tools as simple as a pan to machinery such as a dredge. How the gold came to be there, and where you could find more, is another story altogether.
Click here to learn more about Independence Mine State Historical Park.