Anchorage, Alaska is where Native and Russian cultures met gold rush prospectors in a tent city where the wilderness, which developed into the largest city in Alaska. The fact is Anchorage is the crossroads of Alaska. Some of the qualities of the people who are drawn to Anchorage are open heartedness, spirited, unpretentious, and wild. From the prospectors who risked everything they owned to prospect for gold and the homesteaders who assisted a territory to be become a state to the first settlers who crossed the Bering Land Bridge, they are they trailblazers and pioneers of Alaska.
Alaska was relatively unknown until the Klondike gold rush in 1897-1898. Afterwards, numerous schemers and dreamers risked everything they owed to trek through the rugged wilderness of Alaska under hazardous conditions to make their fortunes. In time, these pioneers organized themselves into communities, raised families and began to consider Alaska their home. These days, potential prospectors can try Their luck panning for gold at the Indian Valley and Crow Creek mine to relive the gold rush era in Alaska.
Alaska is one fifth the size of the continental US and is spread over five different geographic areas. Because of it's size it's difficult to experience the Native culture of Alaska firsthand. However, at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, the 11 primary Native groups are well represented. This center is operated by and designed for the indigenous peoples for the sole purpose of sharing and preserving the ways of their traditional life. At the Gathering Place storytelling and dance performances can be enjoyed. The Hall of Cultures and the traditional Native village sites exemplify Native life, past and present.
Using Anchorage as a base camp is what brings potential prospectors to the largest state in the US. It isn’t any wonder why these potential prospectors are so taken in by this memorable and unique destination with such rapid access to the mountains, glaciers, nearby national and state parks, and remote areas in Alaska. The potential prospectors who are interested in the remote and rugged wilderness areas of Alaska can visit the Alaska Public Lands Information Center where they can find information about trip planning, culture and wildlife exhibits and interactive videos.
Alaska also has the natural phenomenon called the Turnagian Arm bore tide. This tide occurs when a rising tide enters a shallow and narrow basin. The Turnagain Arm bore tide can attain speeds between 10-15 mph and reach heights up to six feet. Despite this phenomenon, it's still the chance of gold that attracts many potential prospectors to Anchorage.