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Last Chance Mining Museum, Juneau

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The Jualpa Mining Camp, also known as the Last Chance Basin Camp, is a former gold mining camp, just outside the city of Juneau, Alaska. Its main building is now operated as the Last Chance Mining Museum by the Gastineau Historical Society. The camp was located on the southern banks of Gold Creek, about 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Juneau, near what is now the end of Basin Road. The camp was the site of one of the largest gold finds in the Juneau mining district. It was established between 1910 and 1913 by the Alaska-Juneau Gold Mining Company and operated until 1944, producing more than $80 million worth of gold. The largest surviving structure of the camp is its air compressor building, which was 84 feet (26 m) long, and still houses the compressor used by the company. Also surviving are a variety of railroad-related resources, which the company used to bring or to its mill on the Gastineau channel, an electrical transformer house, powder magazine, and cable hoist.
The camp, with a total of 21 contributing buildings and structures, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
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  • It was a hike up the hill in the rain but worth it. Loved the history of gold mining in Juneau. Be sure to check the open times due to Covid.  more »
  • My husband and I walked up to the museum from downtown Juneau. The walk was easy and beautiful! The museum itself is small but has many very interesting items. The owner was working in the yard and...  more »
  • This was a fun little last minute adventure we took. The kids loved it! The views alone are worth it
  • Preserved bit of history. A long but beautiful walk from town if you are up to it. You get a good picture of what it was like for the miners.

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