Kennicott Alaska sprung up as a result of the discovery of copper ore. The mines at Kennicott were the at one time the richest known concentration of copper in the world.
From the time the copper ran out and the mines closed, the town was deserted. It became a tourist destination in the 1980's.
The area is now a designated National Historic Landmark and the National Park Service acquired much of the land within the Kennecott Mill Town in 1998.