Golden Mine, Port Wells

Gold and copper mining in Prince William Sound peaked during the early 1900's. The productive mines in 1915 included four copper mines and five gold mines. The value of the total mineral production of the Prince William Sound region in 1915 was $1,340,996. The gold quartz ores were treated locally in small stamp or roller mills, and the amalgamated concentrates were shipped to smelters at Tacoma, Washington. The regular producers were the Beatson Mine on Latouche Island, and the Ellamar Mine at Ellamar. Smaller operations included mines in Landlock Bay, Port Fidalgo, Knight Island, and Port Wells. The largest mines in Port Wells were the Granite Mine at Hobo Bay, and the Golden Mine with an aerial tram at Golden. Learn more about the historical mining in Prince William Sound here. Click here to download CoastView and explore the ghost town of Golden in Port Wells.