The Hope-Sunrise Historical and Mining Museum has photographs and artifacts of the Turnagain Arm Gold Rush of 1896-1899 and the years since. Displays include a road grader, dog sled, rock crusher, blacksmith bellows and postal boxes. In addition to the log museum building, there are the original mine bunkhouse and blacksmith shop from the Canyon Creek Mine. The museum is open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Friday through Monday, 12 - 4 PM, but it is closed in the winter. Admission is free but donations are always welcome.
People have been gold mining in Hope for over 100 years. There is a 1.5-mile access area along Resurrection Creek that's open to the public. You can pan the very streambed where the gold rush began or you can pan for gold across the street from the Seaview Cafe. Who knows, there may be a nugget waiting for you and it might start another gold rush.
I did not eat at Tito's Discovery Cafe. I just stopped to take a couple of pictures. By the looks of the parking lot, all kinds of people eat there. The AdvenAlaska web page for Hope tells us that "the original Tito's burned to the ground the night of January 31, 1999. Fortunately no one was hurt, but there was no insurance. A combination of donations of labor, materials and the infinite patience of Hank Mori, resulted in the rebirth of this community landmark and gathering place." All the pies, soups and chili are homemade. The summer hours are Mon-Thurs 7AM-7PM, and Fri-Sun 7AM-8PM. Winter hours are Mon-Thurs 8AM-6PM, and Fri-Sun 8AM-7PM.
The Seaview Cafe was highly recommended by PA2AKgirl. It has been in business since 1896 when the gold rush started. They are open every day from May through September from noon to midnight, and serve homemade specialties for lunch and dinner. There is live music under the midnight sun on the weekends. I had a late lunch there. For a while I was the only one there. A group of four people did come in before I left. There is a good sized library on one wall and an old Brinkerhoff piano in one corner. The food was good and country-western music was playing. I am thinking this place gets busy for dinner. There are several other "Seaview" businesses: a bar in an adjacent building, cabins, giftshop, RV park and campground.
Favorite Dish: I had a bowl of seafood chowder ($8.25) and a side of garlic toast ($2.00). Both were quite good.
If you would rather fish for pink salmon instead of panning for gold on Resurrection Creek, the Pink Salmon Fishing Derby runs from July 15 to August 15 (the pictures were taken 3 Aug 07). There is no entry fee and first prize is one ounce of gold! There are twelve prizes in all, presented by BJW Mining & Gifts and Hope Fishing Charters. It's the perfect place to take your family. At the mouth of the creek (north) you are close to food, lodging, gift shops and the mining museum. At the southern boundary of the Derby, you are in the recreational gold mining area, where you can pan, sluice or metal detect for free. Please remember that you must register at BJW Mining & Gifts. For more information, please call (907) 782-3268.
Favorite thing: The Hope Highway meets the Seward Highway at Mile 56. It is ~17 miles to the town of Hope at Resurrection Creek. There are some beautiful views of the Turnagain Arm along the way.
Favorite thing: The 1964 earthquake caused a 7 foot subsidence and what was once part of the original Hope townsite is now tidal flats. The Alaska Commercial Company had stores in both Hope and Sunrise. The one at Hope, constructed about 1896-7, houses the present Hope store, which now stands at water's edge at high tide. Nothing remains of the AC store at Sunrise.
Favorite thing: For such a small place, the town's community buildings are pretty nice. The turn-of-the-century log Social Hall still hosts community meetings, dances and weddings. The old 1938 schoolhouse is now the Hope & Sunrise Community Library (907-782-3121). The Library Gift Shop (907-782-3311) is located in the Hope Chest next door to the library and features nothing but locally made and Alaskan crafts. Proceeds benefit the library and provide an outlet for local artists and crafters to sell their wares. Both are handicap accessible and open the same hours, i.e., Monday 1 - 4 PM, Wednesday 10 AM - 1 PM, Saturday 12 - 4 PM. There is also a used book store next to the giftshop. The Social Hall is on Main Street near A Street. The library buildings are on the turn where 2nd and A Streets meet Old Hope Road.