America’s Coolest Ghost Towns

Courtesy of State of Alaska/Reinhard Pantke

Old mines, abandoned buildings, and the occasional curse: America's ghost towns make for a hair-raising detour.

Kennecott, Alaska

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After producing $200 million worth of copper ore between 1911 and 1938, this mill town was tapped out and too remote to survive. You’ll find it at the end of a 60-mile dirt road in the middle of Wrangell–St. Elias National Park, the biggest national park in the U.S.—and even bigger than Switzerland. During its heyday, the company town had its own hospital and school as well as a skating rink and a tennis court. The original mill buildings are still here, but you’ll get the best access if you go with a guide from the NPS or a tour operator.

Closest Civilization: Chitina, about 60 miles away.

America’s Coolest Ghost Towns

Kennecott, Alaska

After producing $200 million worth of copper ore between 1911 and 1938, this mill town was tapped out and too remote to survive. You’ll find it at the end of a 60-mile dirt road in the middle of Wrangell–St. Elias National Park, the biggest national park in the U.S.—and even bigger than Switzerland. During its heyday, the company town had its own hospital and school as well as a skating rink and a tennis court. The original mill buildings are still here, but you’ll get the best access if you go with a guide from the NPS or a tour operator.

Closest Civilization: Chitina, about 60 miles away.

Courtesy of State of Alaska/Reinhard Pantke
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