The Kenai Peninsula and Southcentral Alaska Sights

Kennecott Mine

  • Mine

Fodor's Review

In the early 1900's, prospectors found copper ore in the mountains above the Kennicott Glacier. A mine, railway (now the McCarthy Road), and company town were soon built. But, by 1930's the ore was gone, the company moved out, and the town became a ghost town. The abandoned Kennecott Mine is one of Wrangell–St. Elias National Park and Preserve's main attractions. The open-pit mine is reminiscent of ancient Greek amphitheaters, and the abandoned structures are as impressive as the mountains they stand against. The Kennecott Copper Corporation named the Kennecott Mine after the Kennicott Glacier—theories on the differing spellings range from accidental to intentional misspelling. Nowadays, though, the varied spellings help to differentiate the man-made landmarks from the natural features.

Sight Information

Address:

, Alaska, USA

Advertisement

What's Nearby

  • Restaurants
  • Sights
  • Hotels

See all sights in The Kenai Peninsula and Southcentral Alaska

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

Advertisement

No Thanks

Love To Travel?

Get FREE e-mail communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.