This morning was a beautiful sunny 34 degree day. Carson said, let’s take a drive to McCarthy, and off we went. Now, McCarthy is an old ghost town about 77 miles from home, built in the early 1900’s. Elevation is 1500 feet high.
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To get to McCarthy and the Kennecott Mine one has to walk across two footbridges and then walk up to another 5 miles after that. That is the only way in. (Unless you want to pay $250 a year to use the bridge that you can drive across!) So we paid our $5.00 parking fee and started walking.
We found out what a ghost town it really was when we got there! Not a sole in site! Nothing but closed signs on every building! We felt like we had transgressed back in time to the old original days over 100 years ago. Fascinating! Carson and I peeked in windows, and walked up and down the one street in town. Would we return? Definitely! Who could resist? More history here than one could possibly imagine!
However next time we would fly in, and do it in the summer time. The drive took us 3 hours just to go those 77 miles one way. The old dirt road was bumpy and basically one lane wide. However, it was some of the most beautiful scenery of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park we had ever seen. The fall colors were in full bloom. There were lots of lakes and ponds alongside the road.
The highlight was when we crossed over the Kuskulana Bridge, the highest bridge in Alaska. Simply breathtaking! A photo does not do it justice. We would definitely recommend this trip to anyone! Just go when things are open… May 15 through September 15.