— Kennecott Mill Town Tour —
- Price: $28 Adult / $14 Child
- Trip Length: 2 Hours
- Difficulty: All ages & Abilities Welcome!
- Dates: Three times a day from May 29th to September 12th, 2021: 9:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm.
Additional tour time of 11:30am from July 1st to August 15th, 2021.Private tours are available upon request.Tours requiring a translator must be booked as a private tour.
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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!
- 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! This two-hour long tour involves walking a mile, including a hiking trail up a steep hill with 150ft of elevation gain. Once in the buildings, you will navigate uneven floors, and descend multiple sets of stairs with handrails that are steep and uneven, with low headroom. Contact us with any questions you may have about the difficulty of the tour!
To keep in accordance with recent Alaska State mandates, we are encouraging advanced reservations for this tour (however they are not required). So if you’re planning on heading out to the Wrangells this summer, please help us out and make a reservation today! You can easily book online yourself by clicking the orange “Book This Trip” button on the left or give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist you!
**We’ve recently been informed that due to planned National Park Service construction and stabilization efforts within the townsite of Kennecott, the Mill Building will be closed during the summer of 2021. To maintain the integrity of the tour, we will be working with the Park Service to gain access to additional buildings and plan an alternate route through the town. The tour will continue to include technical information about how the town operated, and we will utilize various interpretive methods to explain how the ore was processed within the Mill Building. Additionally, we plan to include more stories about life in Kennecott along with historical anecdotes. We will update our website with any new information. Thank you for your understanding and please let us know if you have any questions!
“A fantastic experience — wild Alaska at its best!”
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