Park Service purchases inholding in Wrangell-St. Elias park

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Park Service has purchased a 900-acre inholding within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

Park officials said the Chititu Mine is strategically located within the heart of the park. The area was mined from 1902 through the early 1950s and was the largest gold-producing mine in the area.

Chititu Mine is located about 15 miles southeast of McCarthy.

Park officials said the area is an important cultural resource because it has numerous historic buildings and structures and it could be eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Park Service purchased the property from the J.E.A. Chititu Creek Corp. of Minnesota for $430,000.

Gary Candelaria, superintendent of the park, said the National Park Trust played a critical role in starting negotiations and completing the purchase.

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