Wrangell-St. Elias National Park's Mining History
Long before they were the backdrop for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the mountains in this part of Alaska gave birth to one of the most incredible copper mines in the hemisphere.
While most copper mines of the day were lucky if their ores were comprised of 10 percent copper, the ores taken from the Kennecott Mine were as much as 85 percent copper. Just as incredible, though, is the story of how the mine was built and the hardships and challenges that were overcome to mine the ore and ship it to smelting facilities in Tacoma, Washington.
This 12-minute video, which is decidedly not high definition in quality, tells that story.