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Copper Center, Alaska, is along the Richardson Highway about 100 miles from Valdez. It is on the west bank of the Copper River at the confluence of the Klutina River, just west of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

Copper Center, with a population of about 370 people, has long, cold winters and relatively warm summers. Temperature extremes have been recorded from minus 74 to 96. Snowfall averages 39 inches, with total precipitation of 9 inches per year.

A federally recognized tribe is located in the community: Native Village of Kluti-Kaah. Half of the population are Alaska Native or part Native.

Copper Center became the principal supply center for miners in the Nelchina-Susitna region. A telegraph station and post office were established in 1901. A school was constructed in 1905, which brought a number of Native families to Copper Center. In 1909, the settlement was designated a government agricultural experiment station.                       ALASKA.COM

Copper Center developed where the Valdez Glacier trail reached the Copper River. Andrew Holman was its first resident, establishing a temporary roadhouse near the site in July 1898 to provide shelter for prospectors on their way to the Klondike. He initially erected two tents: one served as Hotel Holman and the other as a makeshift post office. By winter 1899, Holman had replaced his tents with a substantial cabin. Leaving Dick Worthman to run the roadhouse, Holman pioneered the first mail route from Valdez to Eagle.  WIKIPEDIA