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Kennicott vs. Kennecott

Much has been written elsewhere on the intriguing question of why the Kennecott Copper Corporation ended up with a different spelling from the Kennicott Glacier, the company’s namesake.  Theories range from a spelling error to an intentional decision.  At any rate, after the mines closed, and prior to the designation of the Kennecott Mines National Historical Landmark in 1986, most references to the area included the “i” spelling of Kennicott to distinguish the departed Kennecott Copper Corporation from the combined historic and natural features experienced today.  Newer references to the "Kennecott Mines"Landmark tend to draw attention to the historic features; while newer “Kennicott” references are more often limited to the natural features,  particularly the Kennicott Glacier.  Many general references to Kennicott persist, however, such as Friends of Kennicott.  Friends of Kennicott retains its name, however, as a reminder that the Landmark embodies more than historic mine buildings – including spectacular scenery in a wilderness setting, accessible glacier and alpine recreational opportunities, and an integrated living community.

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