• Winter in the Wrangells

    Wrangell - St Elias

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

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?

Mt. Wrangell (Neil Hannan Photo)

Mt. Wrangell, the largest active volcano in Alaska, was named by Russian explorers for Baron von Wrangell, Admiral of the Russian Navy and Governor of Russian America from 1830 to 1836.