Mining

Chromite Mining, Kachemak Bay

Chromite was mined on the Kenai Peninsula to fulfill wartime demand in 1917-18 and in 1942-45. The main ore body was taken from the Chrome Queen Mine on Red Mountain in the Kenai Mountains near Seldovia, but the tidewater mine at Claim Point in Chrome Bay was less expensive to operate. After the war the mines were not profitable and the last operation at Claim Point was abandoned when mining equipment sank in Chrome Bay while being transferred from Red Mountain. Read more here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Chrome Bay.