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Kennecott Copper Mine

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Address: Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, AK
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+1 800-582-5128

A massive copper mine which closed in 1938.

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Takes you back in time.

This really takes you back. I was here many years ago before it was a destination. I got to explore on my own and at my own pace. It was really a neat place if you enjoy... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Dwight M M
Navarre, Florida
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Navarre, Florida
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

This really takes you back. I was here many years ago before it was a destination. I got to explore on my own and at my own pace. It was really a neat place if you enjoy history and gorgeous scenery. I was able to explore everything on my own but I think the tours they have now would be... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Absolutely loved this tour guided by Bryson. We had the $27 tour and it was money well spent. He really made the tour inside the buildings interesting and fun. He encouraged tus to touch, turn and move the equipment that was safe to use. After viewing some of preserved out buildings we climbed up to the top stories via a... More 

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Kenai, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

We did the park sanctioned tour, which included a hike up the hillside and then a descent fourteen floors through the mill building - quite impressive! Both the scenery and narrative are fascinating, so even if you are not a history buff, I would book a tour. We visited really, really late in the season and the weather wasn't great,... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Difficult to get to but worth the effort. Very much part of Alaskan Commercial Mining history. Pretty much a "ghost town" but there has been restoration and it is well managed by the National Park Service (free entry). There are many buildings remaining some just as they were left when the mine closed in 1938. Easy to spend a few... More 

Thank Aussieidler
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Very interesting part of history.. We did the National Park 45 minute tour and we also do the 2 hour tour where you actually get to go in the mine. National Park tour was free and the 2 hour tour was around $27 per person. The two hour tour you actually go in the mine which was cool. It is... More 

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Reviewed 11 August 2016

Impressive for the times it was built and run. However, what a mess it made of the environment. Some of the building are owned by private citizens.

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Fitchburg, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016

It's a bit unusual for a park to focus some of its attention on relatively recent human and economic activities, but it was a very interesting morning at the Kennecott Copper Mine complex. We took a shuttle from McCarthy to the mine and walked around. It's a difficult environment in which to work, so it was very impressive learning the... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

It was fascinating to learn about this amazing enterprise, and the great lengths they took to process the copper. We had a 25 foot rental RV, so we paid $100/person to take a shuttle there and back from Kenny Lake, where we camped ("The Merc" Campground). When we looked at the map we had a different image of where we... More 

Thank John M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016

The copper mill is located in Kennecott, a $5 and 5 mile shuttle ride from the footbridge. (If you want to go to McCarthy only, it is a 15 minute walk or a free shuttle ride from the foot bridge.) The town has several buildings from the mining days. Some are in decent shape and some are falling down. The... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

At the end of the notorious 60-mile long McCarthy road you’ll come to McCarthy, Alaska. A small town with a few historic buildings that you can only walk to. There are no ‘outside’ cars allowed! You park at either the small visitor centre for $5/night (cheaper) or at the campground right at the pedestrian bridge for $5/day (big difference!). Walk... More 

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