This mine played a significant role in the early settling of the Turnagain Arm. The building here are on the National Register of historic places and the mine is unique because of its association with load mining. Indian Valley Mine was founded in 1910 by a vagabond who ran away from home at the age of 12, joined the circus and then finally traveled to Alaska during the gold rush. The Cowles family will tell you all about the history of this unique spot on the map.
The historic site now consists of a log cabin, a log assay office, a hand-dug gully to bring water to the site and three collapsed mine shafts. A parking area just off the Seward Highway is located just below the mine at mile 104. Visitors can visit the gift'shop, tour the historic buildings, and try gold panning at the site.
Grab a gold pan and try your luck!