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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.

Community and Copper in a Wild Land

Community and Copper in a Wild Land

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The town of McCarthy and the Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark are a center of human activity, residence and development within the vast mountains, valleys, and glaciers of Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. Community and Copper in a Wild Land introduces the natural and cultural history of this unusual place.

As a general introduction to its natural and cultural history, this book is intended to help those who come to McCarthy/Kennecott and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park feel at home in the place. It was originally written primarily for employees of local tourism businesses, who are a main source of information for visitors. Readers of the preliminary draft recommended that it also be available to the general public. Enjoy!

Written by Shawn Olsen & Ben Shaine
86 pages
23 MB pdf file

Did You Know?


Each winter, the Copper River Basin is one of the coldest parts of Alaska. Temperatures may remain below freezing for up to 5 months. More...