Copper Center

Trail of ‘98 Museum Annex in Copper Center displays early-day cultural items from the Copper Valley area. (Photo by Serine Reeves)

Population: 312
Copper Center is located 105 miles north of Valdez on the Richardson Highway.
Copper River was founded in 1896 as a government agriculture experiment station. It was also on the Trail of ’98 used by gold stampeders head for the Klondike and later gold strikes in the Interior.  A post office and telegraph station were established here in 1901.

Facilities include accommodations and dining at Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge. Gas and groceries are available locally. Local fishing charters, tackle, riverboat services and guides available.

Attractions:

  • Historic Copper Center Lodge (1932) had its beginning as the Holman Hotel and was known as the Blix Roadhouse during the gold rush days of 1897–98. The historic Copper Center Lodge here was destroyed by fire in May 2012 and is replaced by Old Town Copper Center Inn & Restaurant with gas, grocery and liquor store.
  • George I. Ashby Memorial Museum and Trail of ‘98 Museum.
  • The Klutina River is popular for its sockeye salmon run from June to early August, and its chinook salmon run, which peaks in mid-July.