Death of an Empire – Collapse of the Treadwell Gold Mine

by Kevin Lee McIver

A Multimedia History Book is a collection of poetry, historical digital photographs, modern imagery, and digital videos depicting the once great gold mining empire in Juneau, Alaska.

In this unique multimedia electronic publication, Kevin Lee McIver takes the reader through an intimate journey beginning with the infancy of the Treadwell Mine Complex in the 1880s through the April 1917 cave-in that nearly brought the end to what was the largest low-grade gold mine in the world.

Using the collection of historical images, the past is revealed through glimpses into the infrastructure of this modern and comfortable mining town that included all the luxuries of the lower-48 states like a natatorium, a gymnasium, a bowling alley, and modern kitchen appliances like a mechanical potato peeling machine. Luxuries, if you will, that were seldom found elsewhere in Alaska during the end of the 19th Century.

Faces of the past come alive through digital photographs of some of the 2,000 employees who worked the mine or supported their efforts before the 1917 cave-in that crippled the once great empire. Kevin Lee McIver then takes you along a journey through modern digital imagery that brings you to the site of the ruins that remain today – and is reminiscent of ancient structures hidden beneath.

Step into the past and experience the Treadwell Gold Mine Complex and its place in American history.


Treadwell – A Novel of Alaska Territory

by Stoney Compton

Treadwell - A Novel of Alaska Territory
Treadwell – A Novel of Alaska Territory

“Treadwell Gold”

by Sheila Kelly

Sheila Kelly
Sheila Kelly

Treadwell Gold, An Alaska Saga of Riches and Ruin,  by Sheila Kelly, combines Alaska history, gold mining history and a frontier memoir.  A hundred years ago, this world famous hard rock gold mine on Douglas Island across Gastineau Channel from Juneau was the featured stop for steamship cruises up the Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska.

Hard Rock Gold – the Story of the Great Mines That Were the Heartbeat of Juneau, Alaska

by David Stone and Brenda Pugh

Hard Rock GoldMore than 40 years after its original publication, a Commemorative Edition of Hard Rock Gold was recently published by the Gastineau Channel Historical Society and the Treadwell Historic Preservation and Restoration Society, Inc. in cooperation with the Stone family. It is available at local bookstores.