National Geographic : 1994 May
orget the three hour drive along an abandonedrailroad bed. The real challenge involves using a hand tram across the roar ing, frigid Kennicott River to reach the vil lage ofMcCarthy. Still, thousands of the park's 45,000 annualvisitors pull acrosseach year-on busy holidays waiting as long as three hours for a turn. The intrepid find a lodge, a pizza parlor,and-five miles into the hills-an abandonedcopper mill. nail," declares resident youngsters Gaia Most locals support Nancy Green. Thurston-Shaine(be plans for a footbridge, Though bone cold, low, at left) and Tyler but if officials try to the silty river leaves Green. "Once I got erect a vehicularspan, sun-warmed mud flats stuck," says Tyler, "but "We'll fight tooth and irresistibleto local Gaiapulled me out."