Kennecott vs Kennicott Spelling // Kennecott, Alaska

July 14, 2021

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Happy Wednesday friends! I hope that you are having a lovely start to the week! Today I am excited to continue recap my Alaskan Road Trip Adventures from 2019. As I have shared, I wanted to do this because I hope that it encourages you to consider taking a road trip of your own this summer to this beautiful part of the world!

This week I am excited to share about our time in Kennecott that we spent on our Alaskan Road Trip. At the beginning of sharing about this beautiful wild and free area of Alaska though I wanted to clear up a question that many of you have had and honestly I personally had at the beginning of our trip... and that is about the spelling of Kennecott. Before our trip I had seen it spelled two different ways (Kennecott and Kennicott) and wondered at the difference and if someone was just mis-spelling the name. 

Actually, I learned that both ways are the correct spelling of Kennecott- it actually depends on which part of Kennicott you are referring to. The original spelling of Kennicott (with an "i") is named after Robert Kennicott. He was known for working on the trans-Pacific telegraph line in the 1880s and Oscar Rohn named the glacier, river and the valley after him. 

The other spelling of Kennecott (with an "e") actually came about from a mistake. When the Kennecott Mining Company was being created there was a mistake made on some of the paperwork, spelling Kennecott with an "e" and this was how the company was named. You can see in the picture above with the sign that this is still the same way today. 
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Speaking of today, the two spellings are in effect and both are recognized by Alaska and the visitors who make their way over to this stunning area of the world. 

For simplicity sake if you are planning to visit you will see that the natural features of the town (the Kennicott Glacier (and the Kennicott Glacier Lodge which is named after the Glacier), the valley, etc.) are all spelled with the "i" while all the man-made items (particularlly the mine) are spelled with an "e". 

I hope that helps as I start this week of posts from this beautiful and unique part of the world. Thanks so much for reading friends! I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

Want to step forward and plan your trip but not sure how? Check out all of the Alaska Road Trip posts from our trips in 2018 and 2019 which you can find them in the Alaska travel section on my blog by clicking HERE or you can click on the specific links below:

Anchorage: // Hyatt Place Anchorage-Midtown Video // Beluga Point // 
// Hyatt Place Anchorage-Midtown// Room 209 Hyatt Place Anchorage-Midtown //
// Anchorage Travel Guide//

Chugach Mountains (Alaska 1-South Drive): // Seward Highway Drive (Turnagain Arm Drive)//
// Along the Matanuska River on Alaska 1-South// A Beautiful Lake Adventure Near Chickaloon//
// A Cloudy & Beautiful Drive on Alaska 1-South//

Chugach Mountains: // Eklutna Lake//

Cooper Landing (Kenai Peninsula): // Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge Nature Hike// 
// Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge //

Denali State Park Area: //Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (Pursuit Collection)// Denali Highway Video// 
// One Last Adventure on the Denali Highway// The Denali Highway: Part Two //
// The Denali Highway: Part One// 
//The Drive to Cantwell// Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge //

Girdwood:  // Winner Creek Trail Video// Winner Creek Trail //

Hatcher Pass Area: // Hatcher Pass Video// Hatcher Pass // Little Susitna River //

Homer (Kenai Peninsula) Area: // Homer Video// Homer Spit// Homer Lighthouse// Bishop's Beach//
// A Brief History of Homer //

Kennicott/McCarthy Area: //Root Glacier Hike //Kennicott // Kennicott Glacier // 
// Kennecott vs. Kennicott Spelling // The McCarthy Highway // 
// An Unfortunate Review of the Kennicott Glacier Lodge //

Seward: //Holgate Glacier// Kenai Fjords Whale Watching Tour//
//A Beautiful Morning Walk in Seward/An Evening Walk at Seward Windsong Lodge// 
//Resurrection Roadhouse Restaurant at Seward Windsong Lodge//
//Seward Windsong Lodge/Room 408 at Seward Windsong Lodge//

Seward Highway Area: //Beluga Point// Scenic Seward Highway Drive (Turnagain Arm Drive)//

Talkeetna: //Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (Pursuit Collection)//

Thompson Pass Area: // Thompson Pass Area Video 
// Worthington Glacier Hike//
//Worthington Glacier//
// Among the Alaskan Fireweed on A4-S: A Beautiful Symbol of Hope in the Hard Seasons of Life //
// A Brief History of & Drive on Alaska 4-South of the Richardson Highway//Klutina River//
// The Beginning Drive to Thompson Pass// 

Whittier: //3 Things to See and Do in Whittier Port on Your Alaskan Cruise /

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