Delayed Opening of Kennecott Visitor Center
Due to lingering snow conditions and frozen water supply lines, the park has postponed the opening of the Kennecott Visitor Center until June 1. Even though the visitor center is closed, Kennecott MInes NHL and local businesses are open. More »
Community and Copper in a Wild Land
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
Did You Know?
No hoax, iceworms do exist. These small, threadlike, segmented black worms, usually less than one inch long, thrive in temperatures just above freezing. Observers as far back as the 1880’s reported the tiny worms on the surface of glaciers. When sunlight strikes, ice worms burrow into the ice.