COPPER CENTER, Alaska — The historic Copper Center Lodge, built as a copper center roadhouse in 1898 during the gold rush, was lost in a massive Sun. morning fire, according to Glennallen’s KCAM Radio.
KCAM Reporter Michelle Eastty tells Channel 2 News volunteer crews from Glenn-Rich, Tolsona, Gakona, and Kenny Lake responded to the blaze about 3:30 a.m. It took about five hours to get the fire under control.
The lodge, which is on the national register of historic places, was built in 1932.
“And so it has been a fixture in the community since Copper Center started,” Eastty says. “It's been a place for overnight visitors at the lodge as well as both people from out of town and locals frequent.”
The Huddleston family has owned the lodge since the 1940s. Its loss has generated a lot of grief from community members.