Today you can relive Alaska's gold rush era and try your luck in panning for gold at Crow Creek and Indian Valley mines. Until the Klondike gold rush of 1897-98, Alaska was relatively unknown. In the era that followed, tens of thousands of dreamers and schemers risked everything as they traveled through Alaska’s rugged wilderness to make their fortune under hazardous conditions. Skip the boom and bust risk and keep the wild-eyed optimism. The glint of gold flecks glacial streams near Anchorage. And there are many ways to learn to pan. All you need is water, earth and a little gold rush optimism.