Some shots of (or from) the interior of the Kennecott Copper Mill. Apparently the racket of the processing was so loud it could be heard in McCarthy, four miles away. It went on 24/7, with the exception of Christmas and the Fourth of July.
Along with some other buildings, the National Park Service has finished renovating the Power Plant, and has opened it up for public viewing. The power plant at the Kennecott Mill was built in 1924 after a fire destroyed the original power house. The plant once produced enough steam-generated electricity to run the mines up in the mountains as well as the entire town, including heating the buildings and even melting snow off the sidewalks. A local legend has it that a murder victim was disposed of in those furnaces, and her spirit is said to still live here.
I am enjoying the pale and structured look in some of the post processing. It conveys that old and cold feeling. That IS a glacier in front of the mill. The Kennicott Glacier has its head fields on Mount Blackburn. During the operation of the mill, it rose above most of the townsite.
This is a wide angle composite of four photos, detailing the interior of the power plant. Four furnaces, diesel generators and pelton wheel all served to guarantee something would provide sufficient power for the needs of the town. We toured the interior at the ground level a little later in the day.
Falls on National Creek above the mill site. A dam was placed up stream, and radiators were installed in the reservoir to keep it from freezing in the winter. Water from the creek was used to heat the creek water! The mill could afford no interruption to their water requirements. The photo was taken from a bridge above the creek that is on the trail to Silkstocking Alley, a local inholding in the park.