Welcome to Copper Center

The ‘town’ first took root in 1898 as a waystation on the disastrous Valdez Glacier trail to the Klondike goldfields. For the 4000 or so would-be prospectors who made it over the Valdez Glacier, utilizing the so-called ‘All-American route,’ this was about as far as they got. Exhaustion and a calamitous scurvy outbreak at Copper Center prevented them from getting much further.

Once the prospectors had passed on (or away), Copper Center settled down to become just another gnarled Alaskan settlement on the frontier. These days it supports a small riverside community and is notable for its rafting and fishing opportunities.

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