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Alaska Juneau Mill

 
 
Alaska Juneau Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 10, 2010
1. Alaska Juneau Mill Marker
Inscription.  At the Alaska Juneau mill from 1917-1944, ore was sorted, crushed, and treated to extract gold. Electric-powered engines hauled trains of 40 ore cars along the main haulage route form the mine two miles away in Silver Bow Basin to the AJ mill, steepest in the world. Ore fell between levels. Water came via flume from Gold Creek; in winter, the steam power plant pumped sea water from Gastineau Channel. Mill tailings or waste rock built the airport, Egan Drive, and one-third of downtown Juneau. Noted for its innovations, the AJ mill crushed almost 100 million tons of ore that produced 3½ million ounces of gold, worth billions today, making Juneau the lode (hard rock) mining capital of the world. Miners Cove is at the Warehouse No. 1 site in this 1939 photo.

1. Miners Cove (former site of Warehouse No. 1)
2. Steam Power Plant (building still standing)
3. Warehouse No. 2
4. Main office
5. Warehouse No. 3
6. Plywood Mill (not part of AJ mill)
7. Fuel Oil tanks
8. Alaska Juneau mill (foundation visible from tram and Gastineau Channel
9. Waste tram
10. Main Haulage Route (snowshed-covered
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train track and 3 tunnels to mine)
 
Erected by Miners Cove Historical Program. (Marker Number 3.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNatural Resources. A significant historical year for this entry is 1939.
 
Location. 58° 17.629′ N, 134° 23.783′ W. Marker is in Juneau, Alaska, in Juneau Borough. It is in Downtown Juneau. Marker can be reached from South Franklin Street, half a mile north of Mr. Roberts Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 720 S Franklin St, Juneau AK 99801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USS Juneau (CL-52) Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Manila Square (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Alaska-Juneau Mine (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cape Spencer (approx. half a mile away); Cape Saint Elias (approx. half a mile away); Cape Hinchinbrook (approx. half a mile away); Eldred Rock (approx. half a mile away); Cape Sarichef & Scotch Cap (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Juneau.
 
Also see . . .
1. Alaska-Juneau Gold Mining Company. Wikipedia (Submitted on May 29, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 

2. Alaska-Juneau Tailings. (Submitted on May 29, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Alaska Juneau Mill image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 10, 2010
2. Alaska Juneau Mill
 
Alaska Juneau Mill image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 10, 2010
3. Alaska Juneau Mill
Alaska Juneau Mill Ruins image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Boyle, January 16, 2012
4. Alaska Juneau Mill Ruins
The A. J. Mill (what's left of it) in 2012.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2024. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 1,328 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   4. submitted on January 16, 2012, by David Boyle of Juneau, Alaska. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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