Capital Chat 6/10/21

    Capital Chat

    Thursday, June 10th, 2021 - 10 minutes

    Local historian and City Museum volunteer, Jim Geraghty, will lead a walking tour of the Treadwell Historical Trail at Sandy Beach on Sunday, June 27th from 3:00-5:00pm. The Treadwell Mine tour tells the story of what was once the largest gold mining operation in the world. Beginning in 1881 when John Treadwell purchased French Pete’s Paris Claim located on the site of what is now known as the Glory Hole, the mine evolved from a single gold claim to four mines, five mills and a bustling community of workers, hard rock miners, and their families, complete with stores, mess halls, bunkhouses, a marching band and even Alaska’s first indoor swimming pool. Over its 40 year operation between 1882 and 1922, the Treadwell Complex mined nearly $70 million in gold.

    Tour guide, Jim Geraghty is a life-long Alaskan, an avid historian, and hiker who has spent years exploring local mining sites and poring over countless photos and documents relating to Juneau’s history. He has been a Guest Researcher at the Alaska State Museum and has given presentations on the history of Juneau and Southeast Alaska at the City Museum, Alaska State Museum, Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and University of Alaska Southeast. Jim has been leading walking tours of the Treadwell Mine Complex for nearly 40 years.

    Tickets are $30+tax and may be purchased at the City Museum or by calling (907)-586-3572. Tickets include a free copy of the Treadwell Historic Trail Guide, a pass for free admission to the City Museum, and a 20% discount coupon on select items in the Museum Store. This popular local tour sells out quickly. Additional tours will be offered on Sunday July 18th from 3-5pm and Sunday August 29th from 3-5pm.

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