Abandoned in Alaska

Historic Mining Town of Kennecott, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska (Sept. 2004).

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12 Responses to Abandoned in Alaska

  1. RichardB1001 says:

    beautiful landscape. thanks for posting.

  2. yes! ive always wanted to go here

  3. Amy says:

    This is beautiful!

  4. Gunta says:

    Love the contrast of the old building and the gorgeous mountains.

    There’s a copper mine called Kennecott in Utah. Can’t help but wonder if it’s the same outfit. Any idea what they were mining there?

    • If I remember correctly, the Alaska mine primarily produced copper, but also some silver and gold. I did a quick search and it seems the two mines were owned by the same company. I had no idea that the Kennecott mining empire extended into the continental US.

      • Gunta says:

        Back in the early 90s (when I was living near the Utah mine), it was said to be the largest open pit mine in the world. The size of the trucks and other equipment was HUGE… I could almost stand up inside the inner rim of a tire they had on exhibit. Impossible to even imagine the scale of the place unless you could see it in person.

        • Now THAT sounds like it would be a really neat place to take photos. Is the mine still in operation?

          • Gunta says:

            Don’t know about the mine being in operation. We left in ’94. At some point there was talk of shutting down when the price of copper dropped. But have no idea where it stands at the moment.

            The problem with shooting pictures there was the scale of the thing. HARD to get it all in one shot (and back in my day it was film not digital). And because of all the heavy equipment access to the public was limited. Even shots that I’ve seen taken from the air don’t give you any real idea of the size of that monster pit in the ground. I think I heard somewhere that it could be seen from space.

          • I looked at the mine’s website and the place does look huge (and they do say that the mine can be seen from space). The trucks have a flight of stairs across the front. Obviously very large, but I understand how seeing a picture wouldn’t be the same as seeing it all in person. I’d like to someday.

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