Girdwood has a rich history steeped in gold fever. Originally called “Glacier City”, Girdwood was founded as a supply camp for placer gold miners. It was renamed for Colonel James Girdwood, an entrepreneur and linen merchant who staked the first four gold claims along Crow Creek in 1886.
Crow Creek Mine was one of the largest producing hydraulic placer gold mines in Southcentral Alaska. During its peak production, historians estimate that 700 ounces of gold were extracted per month. Mining operations came to a standstill during World War II, and local lore claims that more gold remains in the creek than was mined.
Today, Girdwood is a vibrant community and part of the Municipality of Anchorage. Those who call Girdwood home are made up of a diverse population of outdoor enthusiasts, local businesses, services and Anchorage commuters. Complete with a mercantile, post office, many bed & breakfast locations, restaurants & bars, and shops, Girdwood offers natural beauty, convenience and a rich heritage for residents and visitors alike. Visit the Girdwood Chamber website for more information.
Glacier Valley Transit
Getting around Girdwood is easy. Glacier Valley Transit (GVT) operates free public transportation year-round in Girdwood. The bus service follows a Flex route from The Hotel Alyeska to the Tesoro gas station with designated stops. In the summer they offer a second route up Crow Creek Road servicing the Winner Creek Trail Head and the Crow Creek Mine. All GVT buses are equipped with handicap accessible lift and safety straps The GVT bus schedule is available at The Hotel Alyeska Front Desk and Concierge, and all Alyeska Ticket Office locations.
Real time bus tracking is available by downloading the Double Map App in the App Store of Google. For more information please call 907-382-9909 or visit their website.