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Independence Mine State Historical Park

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Address: Wasilla, AK
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+1 907-745-3975
11:00 - 18:00
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Park dedicated to the history of the gold rush.

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Historic beauty

We decided to stop here on our way to Denali to burn a few extra hours. I'm glad we did. This is an old gold mine camp that lies at the top of a beautiful mountain bowl near... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2017
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

We decided to stop here on our way to Denali to burn a few extra hours. I'm glad we did. This is an old gold mine camp that lies at the top of a beautiful mountain bowl near Hatcher Pass. It has old bunk houses and of course old mine relics, including machines, mine cars, old ore crushing buildings etc.... More 

Thank Yellowstone75
Valhalla, NY
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

It was a bit of drive into the back road to get here. It was raining the day we visited the park. Good park to learn the good rush history, and see the equipment/building left from the era. Despite the rain, we enjoyed the park. Wear good hiking boots if it rains, as the ground can be slippery.

2 Thank HaijW
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Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Excellent mining historical site. There historical documents. Tasteful displays of artifacts. There are easily accessible trails to the mind various out buildings. The park service staff are knowledgeable and very helpful. Great family activity. The food vendors have good hots dogs and other camp type food.

1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

This was a wonderful day trip that we should have taken a long time ago. Wonder walking paths and amazing views. Spectacular photo ops. I highly recommend visiting this historical mine.

1 Thank Wasilla_Alaska_2013
Palmer, Alaska
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

One of my favorite places with easy walking trails to stroll around building at your own pace. Take time to go through the displays at the visitor's center. There is a women truck driver that came down the mountain for supplies or to take families to town. Mining is interesting but the family life of families that lived up at... More 

1 Thank GaleAKDreaming
Cobham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 November 2016

Brilliant. Make sure you go on the ranger led tour of 1 hour because they unlock about 6 big buildings and take you to see inside which are as they were and really fascinating including bum rooms kitchens mess rooms etc. Also take the short trail to see see the old mining buildings . Not the oldest of mines (closed... More 

3 Thank merionvw
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

Requires plenty of hiking, but views are definitely worth it! Make sure to hike Gold Cord Lake Trail to see the hidden beauty of a small lake almost on the top of mountain ridge.

Thank Vacati0nier
North Mackay, Australia
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

Spent several hours walking around the site and enjoying the fabulous scenery. Some buildings have been restored and one can enter, others are in a seriously delapidated state and yet others have collapsed in heap of timber and rusting metal. We visited on a hot day in the height of summer, so one can only imagine the hardships endured by... More 

1 Thank 1never2late
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Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Located in previously wilderness terrain this is an awesome way to remember the pioneers of the great white north. Fun to drive hatchers pass (when open) and see these beautiful vistas and historic landmark.

Thank MaryandBobontheroad
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

We went in late September and the road to the actual old buildings was closed. We walked it from the last stop point. The snow was falling and the area was not crowded. It was about a twenty minute walk but the scenery was awesome. Not much going on with the old buildings. Nothing open, but well worth the walk.... More 

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