The early mining history of Central is well preserved in the Circle District Museum, one of the best small museums in Alaska. Established in 1984, the main portion of the museum is a large log lodge that houses a miner's cabin, exhibits on early mining equipment, dog team freight and mail hauling. Also on exhibit is the Yukon Press, the first printing press north of Juneau that produced Interior Alaska's first newspaper. The most interesting display is the museum's collection of gold nuggets and gold flakes, recovered and donated by local miners.
Twenty miles southwest of Central at Mile 107 of the Steese Highway is a parking area and a display for Eagle Summit and a trailhead of the Pinnell Mountain Trail. A climb of less than a mile leads to the top of Eagle Summit, the highest point along the Steese Highway at 3,624 feet and a place where the midnight sun can be observed skimming the horizon around the summer solstice on June 21. The summit is also near a caribou migration route.
With all the gold mining taking place around Central, it's easy to the urge to find a little color yourself. To avoid claim-jumping, pan wherever the Steese Hwy crosses a creek or stream, since the road is public land.
There is excellent grayling fishing in and around Central. Good rivers to target include the Chatanika, Long Creek and Birch Creek.
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