NAME: Kennecott
COUNTY: "unorganized borough" : copper river basin
CLIMATE: Snow can be heavy. Summers highs are typically 65 to 80F.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Summer only. Otherwise air accessible.

COMMENTS: Take the Richardson Highway (mile 0 is Valdez, mile 364 is Fairbanks) to mile 82, which is the junction withthe Edgerton Highway, take that road east to Chitina, mile 33. Then take the railroad grade (which is upgraded to 2WD use--trailors not recommended) 58 miles east to the Kennicott River. Here there is parking and campsites available.Across the walking bridge about 3/4 mile away is McCarthy--a now reoccupied ghost town which is historically connected with Kennecott.Rides to the Kennecott millsite, 4 1/2 miles north, are available at McCarthy. There is also a museum at McCarthy in the old railroad station.Lodging and meals are available at both McCarthy and Kennecott, as are numerous other activities, such as guided glacier hiking and flight-seeing.
REMAINS: Approximately 40 structures, including the 14-story mill, the power plant, several other large industrial structures, three barracks and several cottages.

See the website. Post office closed with the end of the mine in 1938.This was an unusually high grade copper mine, from which Kennecott Corporation derived its name (from the adjacent Kennicott Glacier).It was connected by the Copper River & Northwestern Railway to Cordova--196 miles away. The CRNW Railway operated a standard guage full servicerailway from 1911 until 1938. A comprehensive description exists on the website.Photos which may be used on the website are the HAER photos, which are public domain.Otherwise, check with me for availability of other photos on the website. Submitted by: Ronald N. Simpson

Courtesy Ron Simpson - Historic American Engineering Record

Courtesy Ron Simpson - Historic American Engineering Record