Back in 1900, the largest and richest source of copper in the world was found at the Kenneccott Mines in the Alaskan landscape. As the consumption of ore reached peak levels, the State itself thrived with increased business, workers and townsfolk all setting up camp near the mines themselves.
But 39 years later, all copper deposits were exhausted – everything that was able to have been mined, had been. As a result, the mine shut down and the surrounding business and industry in the area faded away. To this day, the abandoned mines still stand, ghosts of a by-gone era of industry, inspiration and untold riches.
These days the mines themselves have become a popular tourist destination – proof that there’s still money in them yet.