Independence Mine, Palmer, Alaska
Independence Mine, Palmer, Alaska | Photo Credit: Wikipedia - Switchbladesista

Dating back to the 1890s, many settlers flocked to Alaska to try their luck at striking gold. Nestled in the Talkeetna Mountains, Independence Mine was once the second largest gold mine in the state. While it stayed in operation until the 1950s, today it serves as a state historical park.

The mine during its time in operation exported over 10,000 pounds of gold. Thousands of pioneers flocked to the Last Frontier to try to make it rich and work in the gold mines. After changing ownership several times due to wars and economic depressions, the property was donated to the state of Alaska in the 1980s. Since then it has become a state historic park.

The park welcomes visitors to explore the history of the mine in the museum and explore the old mine camp that still stands today.

Independence Mine State Historical Park is located about 60 miles north of Anchorage. The address to the visitor center is 23264 Gold Cord Road, Palmer, Alaska. For more information about hours and admission, please visit the official website here.

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