Yukon-Charley is known largely for numerous historic gold mining enterprises which are well represented through historic artifacts, photos, and documentation from the earliest prospectors to the more recent industrial operations based around the Coal Creek/Woodchopper Creek region. Numerous prehistoric artifacts record the unwritten record of human habitation in the region. The natural history collections preserve a greater time depth and include paleontological specimens of Pleistocene megafauna and botanical specimens representing a relict Beringian landscape.
While most of the archaeological, archival, and historic collections are stored in a state of the art Curation facility at the Fairbanks Administrative Center, a portion of the natural history collections, notably the large number of herbarium specimens are stored and maintained at the University of Alaska Museum in Fairbanks.
Learn more about the collections here.
In addition to the various object and specimen based collections, Yukon-Charley Rivers maintains an archival records collection. This collection consists of the records of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. It includes records of activities related to administration, resource management, subsistence management and visitor use.
To learn more about this collection you can download the complete finding aid here (pdf 794kb).
Did You Know?
The Coal Creek dredge collected over 92,000 troy ounces of gold from 1936-1957 with several years of non-production during war time.