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Number 50: Alaska!! Kennecott Copper Mine to Valdez to Anchorage

The second half of our road trip around the interior of Alaska found Rose and I traveling from Fairbanks down to an abandoned copper mine called Kennecott located in the remotest possible part of St Elias-Wrangell National Park. I will be writing quite a bit more about Kennicott as well as a few other stories from our Alaska trip on my travel blog: One quick note: The Kennecott mine shut down in 1939 and has been recently purchased by The National Park Service who have just started efforts to restore the dilapidated buildings. About 40 people live in the Kennecott area with only about 7-10 staying through the winter. Pretty wild. After we bounced our way out of Kennecott, we headed to the port town of Valdez where the pipeline delivers the oil its been carrying for 3000 miles to oil tankers waiting to transport the oil through the northernmost non-freezing (important for boats to function properly) bay known as Prince William Sound. After Valdez, we returned to Anchorage and then back home to state number one (also known a Pennsylvania) but not before capturing some great shots of number fifty. Enjoy!


Wilderness sign at St. Elias-Wrangell National Park in Alaska

So that's where it is.

The CR & NW railroad bridge to KennecottThe Ma Johnson Hotel and McCarthy General store in McCarthy AlaskaView from the street in McCarthy AlaskaA shack and old truck in McCarthy AlaskaAn old truck and the old general store in McCarthy Alaska



The Kennecott Copper Mine

Kennecott Copper Mine

The footbridge leading into Kennecott Copper MineKennecott Copper Mine

The buildings at Kennecott Copper Mine

Inside the Kennecott Copper MillView of the interior Kennecott Copper MillThe Kennecott MillThe Kennecott Copper Mine Mill


A ship docked in Valdez


A treatment plant near ValdezRose Weldon on the Stan StephenA piece of a glacier near the Columbia glacier in Prince William soundThe Columbia glacier in Prince William SoundA piece of blue ice drifting near the Columbia Glacierboats docked at ValdezA Fly Fisherman fishing for salmon near ValdezThe oil refinery at the end of the alaskan pipelineA Cafe along route 1 near palmer alaskaThe Alaskan railroad near Girdwood AlaskaA reindeer in AlaskaA grizzly bear near Anchorage AlaskaA wood bison near Anchorage AlaskaThe sunset at Anchorage Alaska

  • Helen - Awesome photos Ben – thanks for sharing!! I especially love the first one… WILDERNESS…………September 15, 2011 – 11:10 am

  • Ashley - what are you doing so close to that bear?September 15, 2011 – 11:12 am

  • Andrea - WOW!September 15, 2011 – 2:44 pm

  • justin kane - Awesome pics Ben! That bear and moose shot are amazingSeptember 23, 2011 – 8:57 am

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