From Kobuk Valley National Park to Kennecott Ghost Town here are 17 Strange Things Found in Alaska. Would you visit this spooky area?
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# 10 Aurora Ice Museum
When you hear that there is a museum of ice in Fairbanks, Alaska you might not be impressed but the Aurora Ice Museum does its best to make something as mundane-seeming as ice into something worth looking it. Much of the building is covered or made of entirely of ice. There is an ice bar that serves drinks in ice glasses and ice chairs. There are even ice chandeliers and ice sculptures created by Champion ice carver Steve Brice.
# 9 Burial Spirit Houses
In Anchorage, Alaska you can find the Spirit Houses, leftovers from Russian Orthodox and Native American traditions wherein the dead are housed in these colorful little houses. Over the course of hundreds of years, the Native people slowly merged with Russian immigrants until they became more and more integrated. Both cultures participated in the practice of burying people in these houses, and now you can see more than a hundred of these colorful burial sites in the Eklutna Historical Park.
# 8 Treadwell Ruins
Treadwell, Alaska was a mining town for the workers and their families that was a successful boom town from 1883 to 1917, but when the mine was flooded and ultimately ended the business, it left both the mines and surrounding town were abandoned and left to ruin. Now the city is referred to as the Treadwell Ruins and is a historic park that is managed by the city of Juneau.
# 7 Kobuk Valley National Park
There is a National Park in Alaska that is so huge it is comparable to the state of Delaware. There are no designated trails in this park, possibly because it would be impossible to set trails in a park that has an area of more than 1,750,000 acres or 7,000 square kilometers. The Kobuk Valley National Park is so big it includes icy tundra and sandy dunes in its boundaries.
# 6 Petroglyph Beach
40 different etchings have been found carved into the rocks at Petroglyph Beach in Wrangell, Alaska. These are not the products of a modern vandal, they are 8,000 years old and were believed to be drawn by the Tlingit people. The petroglyphs depict salmon, whales, even crude drawings of faces but they are only visible during low tide. It is almost impossible to truly understand the real history behind these petroglyphs or what their significance were, but you can still look at these ancient drawings for yourself.
# 5 Kennecott Ghost Town
The town of Kennecott in Alaska was once a flourishing and full of workers and miners who sought after wealth. While it used to be a booming mine town it has been completely abandoned since the 1950s. It is now located deep into the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Reserve with a population of a few dozen people living there.
# 4 Hammer Museum
Alaska is home to the mysterious, marvelous and to things so mundane they loop back around to being interesting. That includes an entire museum dedicated to the history of the hammer. It features more than 1,400 different hammers and related tools from ancient human history, through colonial days and present eras. You can find this museum in Haines Alaska marked by a giant hammer right outside the house.
# 3 Lady of the Lake
In Alaska, you can find the remains of WB-29 Superfortress weather recon plane partially submerged in a lake by Eielson Air Force Base. Initially, the aircraft was permanently grounded and placed in the area until it could be scrapped for parts. However, the water level rose and eventually completely submerged the aircraft. No one bothered to retrieve it, and to this day you can see the ruined plane peeking out from the lake. It has since earned the nickname “Lady of the Lake” and inspired many creepy and false urban myths about the plane.
# 2 HAARP
HAARP or the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program is a research program and station in Alaska that was created by the federal government to research the electrical and physical properties of the ionosphere. However, the strange architecture of the HAARP station in Alaska makes it the perfect target for conspiracy theorists. There are several claims about what HAARP really does from superheating the atmosphere, to controlling the weather or even being a Death Star-style war machine.
# 1 Light Pillars
We all know that in the Northern parts of the North American continent you can sometimes see aurora borealis lighting up the sky. However, you might not know about the sky being covered in what looks like space lasers. On a clear night when light interacts with ice crystals floating in the sky, you might just see something called light pillars. It’s a special weather phenomenon that occurs when light is refracted upwards and is most easily seen in Alaska and parts of Canada.