McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum

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McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum Private tours available in the morning. Please contact museum personnel for additional information.

A small seasonal Alaskan museum celebrating and maintaining the rich industrial, wilderness, and personal history of the McCarthy-Kennicott valley, located in the heart of Wrangell St-Elias National Park

24/12/2023

Season’s Greetings to you - one and all.

29/11/2023

For this year's Giving Tuesday, we'd like to honor a few of our neighboring nonprofits by asking our supporters to consider making a contribution to the incredible organizations in our area. Let's celebrate our friends and show them our support!

Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment (WISE)- Promoting environmental awareness through educational programs for the children of the Copper River Basin.
To donate to their scholarship fund, follow this link: https://gofund.me/c8b384d6

Copper Country Alliance- Doing the amazing work of protecting our Copper River Basin environment.
To donate, please reach out through their profile.

Alaska Geographic- Supporting our Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve
To donate to our park, follow this link: https://www.akgeo.org/donate/

McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum- Our incredible neighbors preserving our rich, small-town history.
To donate, reach out through their profile.

We thank each of our supporters for the contributions you've made to us and the contributions you make to other local organizations, keeping our area's nonprofit network healthy and strong!

Poor job of uploading a screenshot. Facebook has changed and I haven’t fig out what I am doing yet
12/11/2023

Poor job of uploading a screenshot. Facebook has changed and I haven’t fig out what I am doing yet

30/09/2023

Autumn has fallen upon Alaska, the Copper River Valley and the Wrangell Mountains! Enjoy the Fall colors and warm sunshine while it lasts! Photo: NPS/Mike Townsend/Wrangell Mountains with yellow and orange trees in the foreground.

06/08/2023

August 20, 2023
Museum board meeting at 6:00PM
Looking for new volunteers and board members. Check us out👍

Happy 4th of July!Auction CLOSEDLow key silient auction at museum. NO SHIPPING. Must pick up today by closing at 5 pm. B...
04/07/2023

Happy 4th of July!
Auction CLOSED
Low key silient auction at museum.
NO SHIPPING.
Must pick up today by closing at 5 pm.

Bottle Collection from Livengood, Alaska.

Carry on bags from Cordova Airlines.

Mud Hole and Bertha Smith’s son, Kenny Smith donated his parents Jim Beam bottle collection to our fund raiser.

Kenny found his mom’s old suitcase in his shed. Inside his mom’s suitcase the bottles were wrapped in the puffy cotton coverlet we are also auctioning. Fabrics look to be from the 30s to 40s to 60s. Dry cleaned. Fragile and odor free. Kenny remembers it was purchased in Gig Harber, WA. Does anyone know the history of cotton puffy quilt tops? Maria Shell

This feed will be checked at 2 when auction closes. High bid at Museum will be posted at 1:30 PM

Highest of two bidding sources wins.
Must pick up today in person. No shipping. Have bubble wrap.
Auction CLOSED

An incredible woman
02/06/2023

An incredible woman

May 31 is Katie John Day, recognized as an official State of Alaska holiday in 2019 as a day to forever honor Katie's legacy and recognize the far-reaching impact of her work. Katie John (1915-2013) was a beloved Ahtna Athabascan Elder and champion of Alaska Native rights. She was raised at the village of Nataełde (Roasted Salmon Place), more commonly known as Batzulnetas, near the confluence of the Tanada Creek and the Copper River, located in what is now Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. To learn more, read the article: https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/aps-21-1-6.htm
Photo: Courtesy of Ahtna Inc./Katie John with an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2011.

Four inches of snow forecasted tonight.
31/05/2023

Four inches of snow forecasted tonight.

2023
26/05/2023

2023

IT’S FINALLY TIME TO KICKOFF ANOTHER SEASON- TOMORROW IS OPENING DAY‼️🙌

We can’t wait share all the best that Wrangell- St. Elias National Park has to offer with all our visitors. This summer the mountains are calling and adventure is out there. Let us take you on the trip of a lifetime- there’s so much still to explore in the Last Frontier!

11/04/2023

The museum shed.

Thank you, Wrangell-StElias National Park and Preserve😎
20/03/2023

Thank you, Wrangell-StElias National Park and Preserve😎

The days are getting longer and the sun is feeling warmer with spring around the corner. Happy Spring Equinox from the team at Wrangell-St. Elias!
Photo: NPS/Elvie Underwood/Snow-covered Mt. Drum at sunset with pink color on the mountain and the Boreal Forest in the foreground.

Rural Alaska! Good work!
15/03/2023

Rural Alaska! Good work!

“It shows that in some parts of rural Alaska, mushing’s not dying,” said Aniak musher Richie Diehl, who placed third after champion Ryan Redington and second-place finisher Pete Kaiser,

Thank you, Michael Holloway
08/03/2023

Thank you, Michael Holloway

The raising of the tripod is the culmination of Tripod Days, a two-day winter event that celebrates the Nenana Ice Classic.

08/03/2023

This 1953 view of the abandoned Kennecott Copper Corporation operation at Kennicott shows the mine building looking like a castle the way it sits on the crest of the hill. Millions of dollars of copper passed through this mine, near Cordova, when it was operational.

Two prospectors, Jack Smith and Clarence Warner, spotted a green patch of hillside that looks like great grazing for their horses in summer 1900. That patch turned out to part of a mountain of copper ore.

Development of the mines began immediately and ore was taken out by pack horses on a trail to Valdez. After a huge battle between conservationists, wealthy businessmen and Washington politicians, a railroad was built. On April 8, 1911, the first ore train hauled $250,000 worth of 70 percent copper ore to Cordova. Five years later, the mines had produced ore valued at $32.4 million.

The mine closed down around 1939.

http://www.AuntPhilsTrunk.com

Thank you Aunt Phil's Trunk
08/03/2023

Thank you Aunt Phil's Trunk

This 1953 view of the abandoned Kennecott Copper Corporation operation at Kennicott shows the mine building looking like a castle the way it sits on the crest of the hill. Millions of dollars of copper passed through this mine, near Cordova, when it was operational.

Two prospectors, Jack Smith and Clarence Warner, spotted a green patch of hillside that looks like great grazing for their horses in summer 1900. That patch turned out to part of a mountain of copper ore.

Development of the mines began immediately and ore was taken out by pack horses on a trail to Valdez. After a huge battle between conservationists, wealthy businessmen and Washington politicians, a railroad was built. On April 8, 1911, the first ore train hauled $250,000 worth of 70 percent copper ore to Cordova. Five years later, the mines had produced ore valued at $32.4 million.

The mine closed down around 1939.

http://www.AuntPhilsTrunk.com

02/03/2023

Correction

02/03/2023

Great photo! Evie Underwood!

Denali Park - Alaska Aurora Addicts post. Thanks!
01/03/2023

Denali Park - Alaska Aurora Addicts post. Thanks!

McCarthy Road Report. Be careful
01/03/2023

McCarthy Road Report. Be careful

Thank you, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve
28/02/2023

Thank you, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve

The Bremner Historic Mining District is remotely located about 30 miles southwest of McCarthy in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. The district is a regionally significant gold mining landscape, discovered and developed in the early to mid-twentieth century during the Klondike Gold Rush and Great Depression eras. See more photos at NPGallery:
http://ow.ly/kmss50MwL8u

McCarthy guy wins first place. Yippy
28/02/2023

McCarthy guy wins first place. Yippy

Thank you! Meatzawagon
27/02/2023

Thank you! Meatzawagon

Meatza Wagon, great shot. I poached off your page. thanks, McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum
27/02/2023

Meatza Wagon, great shot. I poached off your page. thanks, McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum

On your way into (largest national park in N. America),more specifically the town's of McCarthy & Kennicott, Alaska, you pass through the "cut" in Chitina & over the .

One of the most beautiful drives in the heart of America's largest mountains, the views here will keep you awake!

When you get here, don't forget to stop by & eat some delicious food with us!

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