Photo by: NPS Park Cultural Landscapes Program
Erie Mine - Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. The Erie Mine was one of several areas developed near the Kennicott Glacier following the discovery of copper ore on Bonanza Ridge. Positioned on the side of the steep hillside, the bunkhouse conveys how the rugged character of the landscape influenced the spatial layout of mining infrastructure. Aerial tramways became an important part of the process of moving supplies and ore over the ridges.
The Erie Mine was temporarily closed in 1918 due to World War I labor shortages, and it was permanently closed in the early 1930s with the depletion of copper ore.
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