Copper Valley Communities

Copper Center

August 2, 2013

Copper Center is located at the confluence of the Klutina and Copper Rivers, 100 miles north of Valdez. Valdez and Copper Center were both founded in 1898 during the gold rush. The promise of gold drew prospectors north from the Lower 48 States to Alaska that year and about 4,000 prospectors traveled through Valdez on…


August 2, 2013

Chitina, a tiny settlement on the Edgerton Highway, has a history rooted in the copper mining boom years of the early 1900s. Chitina’s story begins with the first big copper discoveries in the summer of 1900. Two men, Clarence Warner & Jack Smith, were directed to the Kennecott Glacier area (quite a ways from where…


August 2, 2013

The mining town of Kennecott is a major attraction within the Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park. It is so popular because many of the original buildings are still standing. Today’s visitors can walk along Kennecott’s main street; peer into the windows of the officer’s quarters, mechanical building, and school house; view the hospital; and take a…