Mining cars, railroad lines, train repair sheds – there’s all this and more at Juneau’s Last Chance Mining Museum and Historic Park.
The venue for this evocative gold-mining museum is the former compressor building of the Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Company, which operated here from 1916 to 1944.
On display are the locomotives and rail cars that transported the goldminers to the mine. Industrial artifacts include one of the world’s largest air compressors, used in the mining of gold to bring air to the miners.
Old mining shafts surround the site, and you can get an idea of the mine’s original extent by studying the museum’s model.
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The Last Chance Mining Museum is on the outskirts of Juneau, on the city’s eastern edge.
There’s a short uphill hike along an uneven trail to reach the museum’s entrance.