This site is operated by the Gastineau Channel Historical Society (GCHS) to provide information about the operations of the GCHS. Founded in 1956 and headquartered in Juneau, Alaska, the GCHS is a non-profit organization that promotes the history of the Gastineau Channel area, operates the Last Chance Mining Museum, and cares for the Sentinel Island Lighthouse.
September 19, 2008
The Last Chance Mining Museum
The Gastineau Channel Historical Society also operates the LastChanceMiningMuseumlocated at Juneau, Alaska. The Museum is located in the former Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Company’s historic CompressorBuilding, which was used by the mining company from 1912 until 1944. Concerning displays and what you can expect when visiting the Museum, visitors will encounter one of the world's largest mining air compressors, a host of industrial mining tools and artifacts associated with hard rock gold mining, as well as electric locomotives and rail cars which hauled men to the mine and ore to the mill. Access to the Museum is via a short hike up a scenic hill on a trail of uneven terrain, but is well worth the effort. The Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Alaska Gold Rush Properties. The Museum is open daily from mid May to late September from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, then from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm. The admission fee is $4. For additional information about the Museum or about visiting the Museum, contact the LastChanceMiningMuseum at 907-586-5338 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail at 1001 Basin Road, Juneau, AK 99801.