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Wagner Mine

 
 
Wagner Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 3, 2009
1. Wagner Mine Marker
Inscription. In 1880 a local inhabitant, Chief Kowee, revealed to prospectors Joe Juneau and Richard Harris the presence of gold in what is now named Gold Creek in Silver Bow Basin. The city of Juneau was founded there that year. The strike sparked the Juneau gold rush which resulted in the development of many placer and lode mines including the largest gold mines in the world, in their time, the Treadwell complex of lode mines on Douglas Island (across a narrow sea channel from Juneau) and the AJ lode mine, in Juneau itself.

By October of 1880 the Harris Mining District had been established, and the first claims staked by Harris & Juneau. A lot of controversy surrounds the early discovery and establishment of the district, but one fact remains clear: gold was discovered—and it brought an influx of people to this wild land to seek their fortune.

Other mines were quickly discovered and camps sprung up like mushrooms near Mount Roberts, Douglas Island and Gold Creek. The Chilkoot Shaft, seen here at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake, is a remnant of an airshaft that served the Wagner Mine, which was part of the Alaska-Gastineau Mining Company (A-G Mining). The $38 million dollar investment was abandoned in 1930 after running out of profitable ore.
 
Location. 58° 19.933′ 
Chilkoot shaft that served the Wagner Mine image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 3, 2009
2. Chilkoot shaft that served the Wagner Mine
N, 134° 28.057′ W. Marker is in Juneau, Alaska, in Juneau Borough. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Gold Creek Salmon Bake. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1061 Salmon Creek Lane (Park entrance), Juneau AK 99801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pelton wheels (a few steps from this marker); Alaska Native Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.9 miles away); St. Nichlolas Russian Orthodox Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); Liberty Bell Reproduction (approx. 2.9 miles away); Archie Van Winkle (approx. 3.2 miles away); Hard Rock Miners (approx. 3.2 miles away); Patsy Ann: her statue (approx. 3.2 miles away); Manila Square (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Juneau.
 
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Entrance to the Gold Creek Salmon Bake-location of the Wagner Mine image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 3, 2009
3. Entrance to the Gold Creek Salmon Bake-location of the Wagner Mine
Gold Strike Saloon-Gold Creek Salmon Bake image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 3, 2009
4. Gold Strike Saloon-Gold Creek Salmon Bake
Salmon cooking at the Bake image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 3, 2009
5. Salmon cooking at the Bake
Black Bear Crossing sign near the Wagner Mine image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 3, 2009
6. Black Bear Crossing sign near the Wagner Mine
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 14, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 14, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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