Alaska Attractions, Nature February 19, 2019
This Entire Town In Alaska Was Turned Into A State Park You Can’t Pass Up
Chisana, Alaska, is an honest to goodness ghost town! With a census designated population of zero people, it swells to 25 seasonal residents during the summertime. It’s now known as the Chisana Historical Site, and is located in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park!
Chisana, Alaska is a town that in its heyday had thousands of residents.
It was known as the "Largest Log Cabin Town In The World." It's located within the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska. Now the town's population is only sustained by a small number of summer residents, numbering around 25 people.
The main way in or out of Chisana is by small aircraft.
Although there are some intrepid and adventurous hikers that attempt the trek from McCarthy, another small town in the National Park. This is very much a difficult adventure, and should only be attempted by very experienced hikers with excellent backcountry knowledge!
The town was originally founded in around 1913. It's name is actually Ahtna Athabascan, and means "Copper River."
In 1985 the small census designated community was listed as a National Historic District. It was then registered on the National Register of Historic Places.
Gold was first discovered in Chisana by five prospectors in May of 1913.
Miners came to Chisana in the thousands when they heard about this new mining district. This became a short, but very popular boom during the following years.
Chisana is unique among the remains of old mining communities.
Because of it's remote and hard-to-access location, many artifacts remain from the early mining usage. You can find everything from mechanical mining operations, to a well developed transportation network. Everything is preserved in a way for visitors to view this glimpse into the past!
You too can visit Chisana! There are many options for visitors to stay in.
The Too Much Johnson Cabin is located in Chisana, and is run by National Park Service as a backcountry cabin. The cabin is first come first serve. It can be reached by the Chisana air strip, or in the winter you can snow machine out 60 miles from Nabesna Road. This cabin is located within the historical settlement area.
There are many private residences and specialty lodges in the area.
Places like The Pioneer Outfitters offer guest cabins, camp offerings, and home cooked meals. They also offer survival training, big game hunting, and horseback riding adventures!
There are still some miners that come out to Chisana looking for gold.
You can still find gold in the district's many creeks! There are many private residences in the area, so be sure not to disturb any homes. If you head to the downtown area, the National Park Service has restored four log cabins to be viewed.
Have you ever visited Chisana, Alaska? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!
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