Locals praise “light touch” of new interpretive exhibits at mine site in Wrangell–St. Elias NP&Pres
McCARTHY — Twenty years after acquiring the massive ruins of the Kennecott copper mines, the National Park Service has finally figured out a way to preserve the historic company town and tell its story — without banishing all the ghosts.
Government planners had struggled over what to do with the national historic landmark, grappling with budget constraints, the ravages of time and the prickly opinions of the tiny nearby community of McCarthy. Residents fought back against any effort that might turn their treasured ruins into a "Disneyland" for tourists.