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  • Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center to close for the winter on Nov. 1st.

    Wrangell-St. Elias's main visitor center, located near Copper Center, AK, will be closed for the winter starting November 1. The visitor center will re-open on April 1, 2015.

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?

Austrian climber Heinrich Harrer

12,010’ Mt. Drum was first climbed on June 4, 1954 by Heinrich Harrer, Keith Hart, and George Schaller. You may recall Heinrich Harrer as the principle figure in the book "Seven Years in Tibet".