2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of the cave-in that resulted in the closure of the Treadwell Mine, with the complex soon to follow. During the time of its operation from 1882-1922, Treadwell produced 3.3 million ounces of gold and housed a company town that supported 2,000 workers and their families. At one point, Treadwell was the largest gold mining operation in the world, and it created more wealth than the Klondike Gold Rush.
On Wednesday, July 26, from 5:30-7 p.m., join local historian Jim Geraghty at Sandy Beach on Douglas for a walking tour of Treadwell. While exploring areas of the Treadwell Complex on foot, learn the history of the discovery and operations of the mines and mining town.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 12 and under and may be purchased at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum or by calling 586-3572. The tour includes a free copy of the Treadwell Historic Trail Guide, a pass for free admission to the City Museum, and a coupon for the museum’s gift shop. Space is limited, and advanced reservations with payment are required.
Geraghty is a lifelong 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.
What: Treadwell Walking Tour
Where: Sandy Beach on Douglas Island
When: 5:30- 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 26
More information: Visit the City Museum’s website at www.juneau.org/library/museum or call 586-3572