Kennecott Mill Town Tour

Alaskan History, Frozen in Time

Kennecott, Alaska is a ghost town frozen in time. When the Kennecott Copper Corporation abruptly abandoned the town in 1938 they left behind their equipment, their buildings, and their personal belongings. However, their stories of discovery, perseverance, and ingenuity live on. Come see what it was like to live and work in this remote wilderness as you tour the town site with one of our knowledgeable guides; listening to tales of lucky fortunes, tenacious frontiersmen, and tragic endings. And, you’ll even be able to explore INSIDE the 14-story concentration mill and several other historic buildings as our guide service holds the exclusive concession with the National Park Service to do so. With three tours departing daily (and an additional tour during the peak season), the 2 hour Historic Mill Tour is a must-do for anyone visiting Kennecott, Alaska.

Trip Highlights:

  • Tour INSIDE the 14-story concentration mill and several other historic mining buildings
  • Learn the fascinating history of one of the richest copper strikes in history
  • Listen to amazing stories of the people who lived and worked in this remote, mountain wilderness
  • See buildings, mining equipment, and personal artifacts left as they were in the early 1900’s

Please note: this is not your typical history tour. It involves significant walking and standing while you and your guide explore the town site. The tour route includes a strenuous walk up a steep hill, and navigating 14 stories of steep stairs within the Mill Building. Contact us with any questions you may have about the difficulty of the tour!

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