Your hosts are long time Alaskans, Roger & Arlene Cowles. These two are some of the most adventurous people you'll probably ever meet in your lifetime. They met in a most unusual place... Utqiagvik formally named Barrow, AK. About a year later they were 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 handwritten 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, a 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 plus 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 completed a three story log home that the couple has run successfully as a bed & breakfast for 12 years, but now rents exclusively to one group at a time.
Turnagain View Lodge, the Wedding Venue (locally known as Bob's Bench), and Indian Valley Mine are owned and operated by the Cowles family. It's an excellent location for accommodations, destination weddings, private parties, and school events.
Mile 104 Seward Highway
27301 Seward Highway
Indian, Alaska 99540