Copper Center Museums & Cultural Centers
Museums, Cultural Centers
Get a taste of early 19th-century Alaska in Copper Center. This small community located at the confluence of the Klutina and Copper Rivers, was established in 1898 as a camp for prospecting gold miners. After the Richardson Highway route opened in 1900, roadhouses sprung up every 15 to 20 miles, providing services for travelers between Valdez and Fairbanks. You could get meals, lodging, mail service, medical help, hay for your horse, gasoline… ...more
The museums are housed in historical cabins at the Copper Center Lodge. They contain early Russian religious articles, Athabascan baskets, telegraph equipment, mineral displays, copper and gold mining memorabilia and trapping articles from the early-day Copper Valley. A short walk takes you to the Stampeders Cemetery.