The Kenai Peninsula and Southcentral Alaska Sights

Kennecott Mine

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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.

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, Alaska, USA


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