Copper River to Kennecott Mine on Day 4 of Ultimate Adventure 2019 #UA2019
Day 4- Kennecott Mine
The group didn't have to lock their hubs on Day 4 of Ultimate Adventure, but we covered plenty of miles of washboard dirt roads as we traveled from Glennallen to McCarthy, Alaska. The McCarthy Road winds through the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska's largest park. Once the gateway to precious minerals, it is now a gateway to spectacular scenery and vast wilderness. The road was originally constructed in 1909 as a railway to support the Kennecott Copper Mines. In 1971, a new bridge was constructed over the Copper River and the rail bed was covered with gravel, creating the McCarthy Road.
The route passed through Chitina and over the Copper River. Pronounced, "Chit-Na," the railroad town sprang to life in 1910. Chitina was once bustling as the major stopover and service point for the trains that carried ore from Kennecott to ships in Cordova. Kennecott was our destination for the day, but the road stops at the Kennicott River, five miles before the mining town. We took a foot bridge across the river and then hopped on vans in the town of McCarthy to reach Kennecott. McCarthy, popularized by the Discovery Channel show "Edge of Alaska", was the town at the bottom of the hill with the saloons and brothels, while Kennecott was the company mining town with the stores and chapels. We visited all of them before backtracking to Glennallen and continuing north to camp for the night on Day 4 of Ultimate Adventure.
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