Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark

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Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark
One of America's least-visited National Parks, Wrangell-St. Elias deserves a lot more attention. Alas, the park is hard to get to (requiring a slow drive down a super bumpy road or a flight in) and, though there are several guide companies at the ready, hiking or organizing a backpacking adventure within the park has much more of a DIY component than, say, Denali. But the day trippers and others who go for just a night or two--and stay at the hotels in the tiny former mining towns of McCarthy or Kennicott--always talk up the wonder of a visit to Kennecott Mines (yes, spelled differently than the town it sits in). Go on a guided tour of the mine buildings and find out what it took to work and live deep in the Alaskan wilderness in the 1900s. It's pretty darned amazing to see what all was built up. The schlepping they had to do to get the mining equipment in! Crazy. The mine buildings make for some mighty pretty pictures too.
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