Yesterday we drove back to Anchorage to go to the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. This museum features Alaska themed art, and cultural and historic displays of the city and state. We spent a pleasant couple of hours there about an hour of which was on a guided tour.
That afternoon we went to the Palmer Farmers Market and Flea Market which is a weekly event on summer Fridays. We bought some homemade honey and a willow walking stick.
This winter coat was made by this ladies auntie when she was a young woman, it is intricate and really beautiful.
Our outing this morning was a drive up the Hatcher Pass Road to the old Independence Mine. We toured the site of the mine which was one of the largest in the state in the late '30's and early '40's. We would have preferred the guided tour but our timing was wrong, so we did self-guided with signs explaining the various machines, ruins and operation of the old mine.
Equipment from the old mine included several old diesel engines, the largest of which is shown below.
This is the old mine, it is falling down, but they have restored a number of the buildings around it.