There’s gold in them thar hills, and you can see where it was found! Visit Treadwell Mine, located on Douglas Island, for a tour of what used to be the largest hard rock gold mine in the world. Today, visitors can get a glimpse of the process that was once the main industry of this area by taking the walking tour. Discover everything you need to know aboandut this great attraction!
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Visit the Treadwell Mine
History of the Mine
Located on the south side of Douglas Island, the mine was founded by John Treadwell and was in operation from 1881 to 1922. In total, nearly $70 million in gold was mined. In the 1910s, the mine was deemed too unstable to continue work and was shut down in 1922.
Walk the Treadwell Mine Historic Trail Walking Tour
Today, visitors to Douglas Island can walk the Treadwell Mine Historic Trail Walking Tour, which was organized and maintained by the Treadwell Historic Preservation & Restoration Society. Throughout the town, you’ll find markers which identify various important locations. While many of the structures were torn down, you can still see some of the equipment that was once used. For example, the vanner rollers and drive pulleys, though covered in moss, are still fascinating to observe. The only building still standing is called the New Office Building, and was established towards the end of the mine’s active years. Other highlights of the walking tour include the Treadwell Plaza, the Superintendent’s Mansion, and Treadwell Club. Be sure to take your camera on this tour, as you’ll want to snap plenty of gorgeous photos of the artifacts.
Getting to Douglas Island
If you’re renting a car, it’s just a 10-minute drive from the Silverbow Inn to the start of the Treadwell Mine Historic Trail Walking Tour. Other nearby attractions in Perseverance Theater and Savikko Park, which is also known as Sandy Beach.
Stay at Silverbow Inn
After your visit to Douglas Island and the Treadwell Mine Historic Trail Walking Tour, return to Silverbow Inn for an evening of relaxation! We are centrally located in downtown Juneau, just a few blocks from over one-dozen restaurants and bars. No other boutique hotel in Juneau has such comfortable guest rooms, fun amenities (like our daily hot cocoa and cookie happy hour or our rooftop hot tub!), and a delicious daily breakfast.
Consider booking one of our fantastic vacation specials and packages to enhance your stay. We offer everything from downtown food tours to Alaskan adventures. For a day packed with fun, book our Best of Juneau Triple Pack! This package includes a visit to the Mendenhall Glacier, a two-hour whale watching adventure, and a delicious all-you-can-eat fresh Southeast salmon bake at Gold Creek Salmon Bake!
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