Kennecot/Kennicot Mill

The town of Kennecot sits near the Kennecot Glacier, and supported the misspelled Kennecot copper mines. The mines themselves are high in the mountains overhead, and long tramways transported the ore and workers between the portals and the mill town. Kennecot was connected to the coastal town of Cordova via the Copper River and Northwestern Railroad. Parts of the railroad grade are now highways, although flooding and bridge washouts prevented Cordova from being connected to the state highway network. Click here for my page on Cordova UE.

Early September, 2003
Explorers: Freak, Dajur
    When we finally got to Kennicot after our road trip from Anchorage, we ended up spending a lot of time screwing around and pissing eachother off and very little time exploring. Parking was almost a problem, but we found a "free" spot, hiked into McCarthy and took a shuttlebus to Kennecot. I wanted to explore the mill but Dajur wanted to hike up to the mines even though wed heard they were recently sealed by the National Park Service. The hike is described here, with photos.
After getting down from the mountain and returning to Kennecot, Dajur wanted to leave immediately without actually seeing anything, after driving 200 miles and hiking to nowhere the previous day. I convinced him to stick around while I explored the mill, I said Id only be 10 minutes (meaning 5 minutes to him and 15 to me) and ran up to the top to try and find an entrance. I found a way underneath, crawled over a door and then through a hole in a wall into the locked part, then made my way onto the tour route (normally $25 for 2.5 hours) and followed this rapidly through much of the mill, snapping pictures and wishing I had more time to look around. I finally got to the bottom, found a door that was unlockable from inside, and came out only a few minutes late. We hung out waiting for the bus for another half hour (that I could have spent exploring) and then went back to the car, packed up, and left.


The town of McCarthy is the first stop for most visitors. Originally the red light district for the company town of Kennicot, this is now a small tourism-oriented town.
 


The most prominent building is the old Concentration Mill, rising 14 stories above Kennicot.


Inside the mill, once you crawl through a few holes, bypass the locked doors, and avoid the $25 tour ;-)


Other buildings in the mill area. Many are being restored by the National Park service, who has also helpfully dynamited most of the mine entrances.
 


  The terminal morraine and rock covered Kennicot Glacier.
 

Click here for the page on the Jumbo Mine.

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