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In McCarthy, you will find a combination of buildings in various states of decay or restoration. McCarthy Ventures LLC has been actively restoring much of downtown McCarthy since 2001. But we are not restoring everything, nor are we the only ones with property in McCarthy. And by no means are we the only stewards in the area. Everyone here shares a deep concern and passion for the area. Here are some pictures of the town today.
St. Elias Alpine Guides: Guiding adventurers on amazing trips through America's largest protected wilderness. Connecting with Nature in this dramatic wilderness setting is tops on the activity list. Getting out there with the local pros, climbing ice walls and experiencing the ever changing glacier - that's a memory you will take home and savor forever.
Kennicott Wilderness Guides - Special places on earth are worth a closer look. Kennicott Wilderness Guides will get you up close and personal with some serious Alaska wilderness. Back country fly in trips, groups, or the individual traveler looking for a walk on the glacier or a full day climbing walls of ice - or perhaps an extending hike through America's highest concentration of mountains and glaciers for a wilderness adventure of a lifetime.
Frans Lanting, a National Geographic photographer, and his wife Chris Eckstrom, a National Geographic writer, spent a month with us in the fall of 2002. We asked Frans to choose some of his images for our Centennial project in 2006, and we are delighted to present these wilderness landscapes from his collection. There is also a link to his photo essay in the March 2003 National Geographic in the PRESS section of this site.
To retrieve the mineral wealth from the Wrangell Mountains it took an enormous engineering and manpower effort. The construction of the two railroads from the coast of Alaska to the Kennicott Glacier went on year-round. During construction, conditions along these routes could be truly grueling including temperatures that could drop to -60 degrees Fahrenheit.
After the Civil War through the early decades of the last century, Alaska experienced numerous influxes of adventuresome people looking for a new life, riches and land to call their own. The industrialists, often refered to as "Robber Barons" saw Alaska as a source of possible wealth. And for them, at least, it was. Many "gold strikes" were soon controlled by these industrial and banking powerhouses and is a legacy America still lives with today. But it was the rugged individuals who did the work of settling and taming Alaska - and self-reliance is still promoted today. Early Alaskans did amazing things and those of us that study early Alaskan history can't help but be impressed with their accomplishments. In Alaska one must think as big as our state is. The following photos may give one a glimpse of the rugged individuals who came here to forever change the landscape we call home.