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Kennicott // Kennicott, Alaska

October 25, 2019

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Happy Wednesday friends! Today I am so excited to share more about the town of Kennicott in Kennicott Alaska. If you have been following along with the blog for even a short amount of time than you know that it had been a dream of mine for a while to go over to the Kennicott/McCarthy area in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park so I was so exited to experience the area. 

We arrived early Monday evening and had a chance to explore the town of Kennicott on Tuesday morning. We had planned a hike to the Root Glacier in the afternoon so after we ate breakfast we had plenty of time to explore the tiny town of Kennicott. For time reference sake for those who are planning a similar trip we had about an hour...and we really only needed about 30 minutes. 
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We walked down the hill from the lodge to the small visitors area that overlooked the Kennicott Glacier and also showed a map for those that might be interested in walking to (or taking the shuttle) McCarthy. Overlooking the glacier (I shared about it HERE) was beautiful and we definitely were swept up in the unique beauty that we were witnessing around us.
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After spending a bit of time in this area we walked along the road, stopping in to the small gift shop.
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At the gift shop I saw this wooden box with the discussion about the times that mail is delivered and taken out. We learned that during the summer the mail is transported two times a week (Monday and Thursday) while during the winter (when there is only 7 people who live in the town) it is just sent out and delivered on Thursdays.
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At the gift shop you can walk through the store to the porch that overlooks the town and we saw a different view of the Kennicott Glacier plus a bit of the town. We could also see in the distance the outline of some of the buildings of the Kennecott Mines. 
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(Curious about the different spellings of Kennicott and Kennecott? Read my post on this HERE!) We decided to make our way to this area and spent a bit of time there and then saw more on our way to Root Glacier.
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As you walk along the dirt road you see the old buildings of the mine (which you can tour if you would like) in the distance.
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Kennecott has kept many of its original buildings (with some updates) and since 1998 the National Park Service has owned these buildings. The buildings and the land is significant as it remains to be the best example of early 20th century copper mining that exsits in the United States. 
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In 1978 the historic mining town of Kennecott was listed on the National Register of Historic Placies and was later designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. 
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As we walked along I looked back and snapped this picture. From this angle the buildings looked more brown then red and it felt like you had truly stepped back in time. You can book a tour to walk through the mine and the buildings and to learn more of the history. We opted not to do this and instead explored on our own. A few of the buildings were open for people to walk through even if you didn't have a tour and we spent a tiny bit of time walking through them.
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The power plant was really incredible to look at. There was a fire in 1924 so it was rebuilt after that, but it really was so interesting to explore. 
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After exploring the power plant we walked down the gravel "road" to the house area. While some of the houses still have people living in them (there are 7 people who live in Kennicott full year round and others who rent them for the summer months), there was one that was open to explore. It had been set up a bit like a museum and was just interesting to go through. Hearing the stories of the people that moved to Kennicott during the early part of the decade was fascinating to see. Those young families must have truly bonded together in a unique way being so far removed from civilization as we know it. 
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Please let me know if you have any questions about Kennicott. It was truly one of the most unique places to visit ever and a once-in-a-lifetime situation I know. I hope that everyone can see it once in your life because it truly is remarkable. 

Happy Friday friends! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

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