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  • Headquarter's Visitor Center Switching to Winter Hours on Sept. 20th

    Wrangell-St Elias's main visitor center, located near Copper Center, AK, will be switching to winter hours starting September 20th. The new hours of operation are Mon.-Fri. 9:00 am-4:00 pm and closed on Saturday and Sunday.

In The Shadow of Kennecott

The Forgotten Mining Camps of the Wrangell Mountain Region
by Geoff Bleakley, Park Historian

 
Laying steel for the C.R. & N.W. railroad

Bleakley Collection

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13 page PDF with historical photographs

Kennecott was one of the richest ore bodies ever discovered, and yielded most of the region's mineral wealth. However, significant exploration and mining development occurred elsewhere in the district at the Mother Lode on the east side of Bonanza Ridge; the Green Butte on McCarthy Creek; the Westover on a tributary of Dan Creek; and the Valdez on a tributary of the Kuskulana. Click on the above link to learn about these and other lesser known mining operations and enjoy historical photos of the camps and structures.

Did You Know?

Wood Frog

Central Alaska has only 2 amphibians, the wood frog and boreal toad, which survive the winter in frozen mud and hops out in the spring ready to breed.