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Ghost Towns and Glaciers: The Legend of Kennicot

Despite the fact that ghost stories can be scary, they are always interesting. The tale of this ghostly Alaskan glacier might give you a chill, but it will also get you hooked with its unique story.

This ghostly glacier was discovered and explored during the 1800s and site was eventually named the Kennicott Glacier. The mountains around the glacier are embedded with tons of copper. During the 1800s and 1900s, the rise of electricity and telephone use meant an increase in demand for copper wiring. After finding out about the Kennicott Glacier and its copper, several companies quickly built mines.

At its peak, these mining operations employed around 600 miners. They worked long hours every day. The miners produced a lot of copper allowing the owners of the mines to make a great amount of money.

Everything with the Kennecott Copper Corporation was working well until the Great Depression hit in the 1930s. New economic conditions meant the mines lost jobs. Wages and profits went down and people stopped showing up to work. Eventually the Kennecott Corporation went bankrupt. When the mines went out of business, the area became a ghost town.

The glacier later became a part of the National Register of Historic Places, in 1987. Since then other corporations have tried to make the area popular again, but legends say the attempts were interrupted by the spirits of the dead miners who died on the site while working.

[Source: The World's Scariest Places]

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