Your hosts are long time Alaskans, Roger & Arlene Cowles. These guys are two of the most adventurous people you will probably ever meet in your lifetime. These unusual people met in a most unusual place... Utqiagvik, AK formally named Barrow, AK. About a year later, they married and started a family.
In 1998, Roger took a hike after work and stumbled upon a couple of rundown old gold miner's cabins. He noticed a blown down For Sale sign by the fence and with peaked interest, he called the hand written number. Learning that this was a budding new business and the cabins had just been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, he put money down on the property that very evening without even consulting his wife! They were soon the new owners of Indian Valley Mine & Gifts, National Historic Site. Roger moved his young family into a one room dry cabin, and began doing what he knows best, building.
Over the next 20+ years, Roger landscaped 11 acres of the original mining claim into a park like area for special events. He restored the historic site back to its golden glory and into a thriving tourist business. Plus, he built a three story log home bed & breakfast that is now run as an exclusive nature lodge.
Indian Valley Mine, Turnagain View Lodge, and Bob's Bench are owned and operated by the Cowles family
A great spot for hosting weddings, private parties, and school events
Mile 104 Seward Highway
27301 Seward Highway