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- Round trip transportation from your Juneau cruise ship terminal!
- English speaking certified guide!
- Experience gold panning in the same creek as Joe Juneau in the town named after him!
- Have the gold panning and mining history explained to you by a prospector excursion guide!
- You get to keep all the gold you pan!
- You will receive a souvenir gold claim certificate!
- Escape the cruise ship shore excursion crowds and enjoy unique sights of Juneau and Alaska!
In 1880, two prospectors named Joe Juneau and Richard Harris stumbled upon Gold Creek, which was nothing more than a Tlingit Indian fishing camp at the time. They made friends with the local chief and when the chief showed them gold flakes he had found in the nearby creek, the prospectors wasted no time in staking their claim on Gold Creek. Within a month, other prospectors had arrived and almost overnight, the town of Juneau materialized. This led to one of the largest gold deposits ever found.
A costumed prospector will meet you at the Juneau cruise ship pier and drive you up the valley along Gold Creek to Last Chance Basin, which sits in the shadows of the remains of the AJ (Alaska Juneau) gold mine. The AJ operated for approximately 40 years and was the world's largest hard rock mining operation between the 1920 to the 1930s. On this Juneau Gold Mining and Gold Panning cruise excursion you will hear about Joe Juneau and Richard Harris in their search for gold during your hands-on experience panning for gold in Gold Creek. You will also hear some of the other colorful history of Juneau, Alaska.
This Juneau shore excursion includes an escorted excursion by a prospector/guide from downtown Juneau, transfer to Gold Creek, gold panning lessons, narration on the gold discovery of Juneau and hard rock mining, and observation of the Alaska-Juneau mine site on the hillside above. If you find gold in the creek, you get to take home the gold you pan! In addition, you will receive a souvenir gold claim deed. At the end of the Gold Mining and Panning shore excursion, your prospector guide will deliver you back to your cruise ship pier.
Pell City, USA
it was fun
We were fortunate to have the guide all to ourselves for this excursion. He was very helpful and we had a good time looking for our treasure!
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We struck gold!
We booked this excursion during our July 2015 Alaskan cruise on the Princess Ruby. Loved it! Our guide was Kai and he was wonderful. He treated us to a great tour on the way to the river. He was informative and engaging. We went home with gold, had a great meal and saw a bear. Perfect!
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