July 4th weekend, my husband and I drove over to the old copper mining town of Kennecott, Alaska. Copper was discovered in 1900, with the US Geological Survey finding a sample of ore contained 70% copper along with silver and traces of gold. There were a total of five mines in the area and the peak of the mining was in 1916, producing over $32.4 million of copper ore. Gradually the ore was depleted and the last miners left in November 1938, leaving it a ghost town.
The hospital was white washed, and the only white building in town; all others were painted red (the cheapest paint color). In 1986 the area was designated as a National Historic Landmark and is overseen by the National Park Service. Today it is open in the summers to tourist, hikers, ice climbers and residents of McCarthy (4 1/2 miles away). At the end of McCarthy Road, approximately 60 miles of unpaved gravel, visitors travel by footbridge to take shuttles to McCarthy and Kennecott.
We walked the length of the town after having lunch at the Kennecott Lodge. Won’t you join me on the walking tour? Explore as we did and find your view thru my camera lens. You can find a map and other information at: http://www.nps.gov/wrst/learn/historyculture/upload/Kennecott%20Mill%20Town%20Map.pdf.