Spirit Mountain Artworks has a reputation
for showing a wide variety of fine art, quality crafts, and attractive
gifts at reasonable prices. We are pleased to promote some 100
artists, real art by real people, from all over Alaska. We
also welcome guest artists from around the world who have their
own perspectives on Chitina, the Copper River, Wrangell Mts. and
The gallery itself is on the National Register
of Historic Places, a "false-front" building, one
of the first to be built in Chitina during the copper boom of the
early 20th century. It was restored by owner Art Koeninger, a jeweler,
between 1978 and its opening in 1986.
Located at Mile 33 of the Edgerton Highway,
near the confluence of the Copper River and Chitina River in eastern
Alaska, and nestled between the Chugach and Wrangell Mountains,
Chitina (pronounced "Chit' na") has been inhabited by
Ahtna Athabascan natives for 5-7,000 years.
The town site dates back to around 1910. Dubbed "Where The
Rails Meet the Trail," Chitina (Athabascan for "Copper
River") was the midpoint of the Copper River
& Northwestern Railway. The CR& NW carried
copper ore from Kennicott to Cordova. The Chitina depot was
the major connection to interior Alaska. The route was also a popular
tourist attraction until 1938, when the mines closed & the train
"The best stop in town is Spirit
Mountain Artworks, an old building that has been lovingly
restored and is now a historic landmark that houses fine arts
Today, visitors from around the world come to sight see, fish,
hunt, and recreate in the nearby Wrangell-St. Elias
National Park. Chitina and her historic neighbors McCarthy
and Kennicott, which also date back to the early 20th century Kennecott
Copper mining era, still provide a window to this important part
of Alaska's history.
Spirit Mountain Artworks | PO Box 22 Chitina, AK
99566 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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