Each day, Clio connects thousands of people to nearby culture and history. Our website and mobile app are free for everyone and designed to make it easy to discover cultural and historical sites throughout the United States. You can search for nearby sites, take a walking tour, create your own itinerary, or simply go for a walk or drive and let Clio show you nearby sites using our mobile app. Clio is non-profit and free for everyone thanks to the support of people like you. Donations are tax- deductible! Click here to learn more!
Independence Mine State Historic Park
Gold mining stopped for WWII; gold mines around country were deemed nonessential. However, Independence Mine remained in operation because the rock contained sheelite, which is a source of tungsten, a strategic natural resource. This did not last and the mine was forced to close in 1943. The mine opened in 1946 but the government set a fixed price for gold and operations cost increased as well. Despite these factors, the owners intended to reopen the mine after it closed again in 1951 but this of course was never realized. The park was created in the late 1970s.
Sources"Independence Mine State Historical Park." Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/indmine.htm. Kreiter, Arthur. "Independence Mines." National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places. October 9, 1974. http://focus.nps.gov/pdfhost/docs/NRHP/Text/74000440.pdf.
This entry has been viewed 264 times within the past year