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?
In March, 1948, Northwest Flight #4422 slammed into 16,237’ Mt. Sanford, killing all 30 on board. The wreckage was immediately concealed by ice and snow, making recovery efforts impossible. It was 50 years later until wreckage parts surfaced on a glacier, miles from the crash site.