Park Service Kennecott Visitor Center

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Walking down the main street of Kennecott, you can't miss the National Park Service visitor center on the left, housed in the historic general store and post office.

Stop in and learn about the history: The story goes that when the last train left Kennicott in 1938, people had to suddenly abandon their lives with only a few hours of warning. Until the 1970's you could still come and stock up on beans, flour, and other staples left behind.

You'll also find information on camping and free NPS talks about local history and ecology. You can even get bear-safe food canisters. The park service also offers a free 15-minute film on the history of the Kennecott mine. Ask the park ranger to take you to the back of the old post office and play it for you on their flat screen TV.

The general store was one of the first buildings fully renovated by the NPS, which began stabilizing and fixing up many of the old buildings in town in 1999. Local residents nervously laugh about when the renovations will be complete, referring to the fully renovated, shiny new town as "Kenniland." This term is used with reference to the shiny Disneyland nature the town is taking on, compared to the rundown ghost town many local residents have been accustomed to in the past.

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Coordinates
Latitude: 61.48347432
Longitude: -142.8876472

Park Service Kennecott Visitor Center

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