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Introducing ReuseWood.org: The North American Wood Reuse and Recycling Directory

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“The demand for reclaimed wood products has been steadily increasing as consumers recognize and value the look, feel, functionality and cost of reused wood in products such as flooring, furniture, structural timbers and more. The North American Wood Reuse and Recycling Directory will connect demand and supply to ensure the continued growth of this reclaimed wood market, while simultaneously keeping thousands of tons of wood out of landfills,” said BMRA Executive Director Anne Nicklin.

Features of ReuseWood.org:

The business directory is accessible via both map and list, with easy sorting capabilities according to target categories (location, services provided, etc).

Individual listing pages show the contact information, location and available services for each business.

The sustainable wood guide includes useful information and articles on the different wood products and the opportunities for wood reuse or recycling.

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Canadian Wood Council

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Construction Waste Management Market to Grow at 9.67% CAGR to 2019 – Press Release Rocket

Construction waste management allows reuse and recycling of waste materials such as concrete, wood, plastic, and glass and can. This resolves supply shortages at construction sites as recycled construction waste can be reused as building material. Developed countries such as the US, the UK, and Germany and developing countries such as China, India, and Brazil are the major construction waste generators.

Further, the report states that illegal dumping of waste is a major factor hindering construction waste management market growth.

The analysts forecast global construction waste management market to grow at a CAGR of 9.67% by revenue over the period 2014-2019.

via Construction Waste Management Market to Grow at 9.67% CAGR to 2019 – Press Release Rocket.

Property developers told to rebuild London pub ‘brick-by-brick’ after illegally knocking it down – Home News – UK – The Independent

The Alchemist pub before it was illegally demolishedThe Alchemist pub before it was illegally demolished

“In our view the demolition was a very serious breach of planning rules which can only be put right by the complete rebuilding and reconstruction of this important community asset, using the same materials and to the same architectural design.

“This building was an integral part of the St John’s Hill Grove conservation area and its loss has been keenly felt by local people. That’s why we are determined to take action to ensure it’s restored for future generations.”

The Alchemist pub after being knocked down

The Alchemist pub after being knocked down

via Property developers told to rebuild London pub ‘brick-by-brick’ after illegally knocking it down – Home News – UK – The Independent.

Reclamation Administration / Decon ’16 – Building Material Reuse Association Conference – Reclamation Administration

COME JOIN THE BUILDING MATERIAL REUSE ASSOCIATION FOR THE ONLY CONFERENCE DEDICATED TO THE RECOVERY AND REUSE OF BUILDING MATERIALS. LEND YOUR EXPERIENCE AND SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE TO HELP US CREATE A WORLD WITHOUT WASTE.

The Decon Expo is back, the conference on deconstruction, building materials reuse, and C&D recycling.  This event is a lively, informative conference on the latest in deconstruction technology and materials-reuse applications featuring hands-on learning excursions, top speakers, networking events, business growth strategies, and more.

GOT SOMETHING TO SAY?

Decon ’16 is calling on all experts, innovators, and passionate persons – help make Decon ’16 an event to remember.

Submit your presentation here.

 

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

We’re soliciting folks to not just help organize the conference, but to develop industry solutions for important issue like appraisals and data collection.  

Sign up today to shape the future.

The Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA) is a 501 c3 non-profit educational and research organization whose mission is to advance the recovery, reuse and recycling of building materials.

  • Reduce the consumption of new resources
  • Reduce landfill waste and pollution
  • Create value-added markets and increase cost-effectiveness
  • Expand job opportunities and workforce development skills
  • Promote the sustainability of communities and the environment through resource preservation

We can be reached via email or by phone: 773-340-BMRA (773-340-2672) email: contact@bmra.org

Our Mailing Address is: P.O. Box 47776 Chicago, IL 60647 

Copyright © 2015 Building Materials Reuse Association, All rights reserved.

via Reclamation Administration / Decon ’16 – Building Material Reuse Association Conference – Reclamation Administration.

Green Building Elements | From brick and mortar shops to city planning, we cover sustainable trends in construction, renovation, and more.

US GHG emissions

If you examine some our most prominent building materials, it quickly becomes obvious that the way we’re doing things is causing a multitude of harm to our planet. The effects include a short list of things like land destruction from mining, deforestation, and significant greenhouse gas emissions from high energy consuming manufacturing.

via Green Building Elements | From brick and mortar shops to city planning, we cover sustainable trends in construction, renovation, and more..

Hopes fading to restore historic church, birthplace of gospel music | The Telegraph

A 1996 photo shows an interior view of Pilgrim Baptist Church during a service.

A 1996 photo shows an interior view of Pilgrim Baptist Church during a service. Walter Kale TNS

Hopes of a restoration have fallen so far that some architectural preservationists think the only remaining option might be to preserve the surviving walls and turn the site into a park.

via Hopes fading to restore historic church, birthplace of gospel music | The Telegraph.

Hundreds show up to public meeting over proposed waste site in Lake Echo – Halifax | Globalnews.ca

“Why don’t you take that garbage and put it in your backyard,” one resident shouted at Bellefontaine.

Kiann Management wants to rezone 38-acres of land along Highway 7 and use it to sort and recycle construction and demolition waste.

via Hundreds show up to public meeting over proposed waste site in Lake Echo – Halifax | Globalnews.ca.

Alliance Francaise Events: Matieres Grises Exhibition – Recycling materials for architecture – 25th June – Events – Pulse

Nat Amarteifio is an architectural historian, writer and the former Mayor of Accra, Ghana.

As we continue to tap into natural resources to feed, house, travel, clothe and entertain ourselves, the construction field, such as agriculture, transport and energy, cannot remain unconcerned to such issues. To build differently, several strategies must be used. The reemployment of material is one of them.

via Alliance Francaise Events: Matieres Grises Exhibition – Recycling materials for architecture – 25th June – Events – Pulse.

Pre-Demolition work underway at Green Hotel | NJ.com

Green Hotel.JPGThe former Green Hotel, on Cooper Street in Woodbury, on Friday, April 24, 2015. (Staff photo by Jason Laday)

“The process has already begun, demolishing the building,” said Camden Diocese spokesman Peter Feuerherd on Friday.

The city planning and zoning board in August 2014 voted 6-1 to approve the demolition, over the protests of the members of Woodbury’s Historic Preservation Commission.

The building once known as the Green Castle Hotel, originally built in 1881 and turned into apartments in 1920, has been the subject of debate between Holy Angels Parish and preservation advocates for years.

via Pre-Demolition work underway at Green Hotel | NJ.com.

Waste not, want not – The Construction Index

Above: Construction waste is segregated and stockpiled for re-use on other sites

Current figures show that the UK recycles more of its construction and demolition (C&D) waste than most other EU countries. Some projects have recorded landfill diversion rates of more than 90% while the overall average rate in 2012 was a respectable 66.4%. That average rate is predicted to increase to 75.5% by 2020. An optimistic estimate, maybe, but still in line with the Waste Framework Directive which set a 2020 recycling rate target of 70% (by weight) for re-use, recycling and other recovery of C&D waste.

via Waste not, want not.

Save the Planet 2015: Proof for progress of waste management in SE-Europe | Recyclingportal

Save the Planet 2015 (Foto: Via Expo Ltd.)

Bulgaria and the countries from the Region are facing numerous challenges to achieve the high European waste management targets. Till 2020 they have to recycle 70 per cent of their construction waste and 50 per cent of the municipal waste. SE European countries are streamlining the legislation and introducing new facilities in cities, landfill sites and industry enterprises.

via Save the Planet 2015: Proof for progress of waste management in SE-Europe | Recyclingportal.

2 waste removal companies targeted in state crackdown | Boston Herald

BOSTON — A Billerica waste hauling company has paid $62,500 to settle claims that it illegally dumped construction and demolition waste at an unauthorized site in Methuen.The attorney general says W.L. French Excavating Corp. violated Massachusetts state law by dumping 29 loads of waste, including concrete, bricks and asphalt.

via 2 waste removal companies targeted in state crackdown | Boston Herald.

Mushroom Materials: DIY Kit Grows Custom Compostable Products | Urbanist

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Turning agricultural waste and fungal mycelium into construction materials, this do-it-yourself kit lets you grow your own compostable bio-plastic objects, from packaging furniture to surf boards and architectural building blocks.

via Mushroom Materials: DIY Kit Grows Custom Compostable Products | Urbanist.

Eco Expo Asia set for Oct. 28-31, 2015 – Construction & Demolition Recycling

The 2015 version of Eco Expo Asia will focus on the theme “Embracing a Green and Sustainable Future” and will include additional targeted themes on certain days, including “Cleaner Production and Waste Management,” “Green Building and Energy Efficiency,” “Global Green Insights,” and “Green Living.”

via Eco Expo Asia set for Oct. 28-31, 2015 – Construction & Demolition Recycling.

Barnards Green potting shed saved from demolition (From Worcester News)

Malvern Civic Society members, Dr Robert Mills, Bob Tilley, Clive Hooper and Denise Preston with residents Paul Sargent and Lindsay Kemp-Harper at the potting shed threatened with demolition. Picture by John Anyon. 0915826101Malvern Civic Society members, Dr Robert Mills, Bob Tilley, Clive Hooper and Denise Preston with residents Paul Sargent and Lindsay Kemp-Harper at the potting shed threatened with demolition. Picture by John Anyon. 0915826101

Cllr Melanie Baker said the application had proved “a very emotive issue”.

“A building is not just bricks and mortar,” he said.

“It holds historical information and values.

“My greatest concern is that once it’s gone, it’s gone.

“I for one feel I cannot be part of destroying part of our heritage.”

Cllr Clive Smith said he had initially been sceptical about the value of the shed and concerns raised by conservation groups in the town, including the Malvern Civic Society, but after looking more closely at the issue had come to understand why people were upset about the plans.

via Barnards Green potting shed saved from demolition (From Worcester News).

Visionary| Bôhten Eyewear

Bôhten’s mission is to develop a compost management initiative that reuses environmental reclaimed material (barley, wheat, straw, stone) to design our contemporary eyeglasses. We are the representation not yet recognized that seeks to pay homage to a love of fashion without the loss of social responsibility. Join us on our quest as we seek to change the face of Africa with a vision that advocates education, employment both social and environmental awareness for the underprivileged. This is a journey that will be nothing short of historic.

via About Us | Bôhten Eyewear.

Eat Drink Better | Healthy recipes, good food: sustainable eats for a healthy lifestyle!

Agave Bagasse: Turning tequila waste into building materials

It basically takes three steps to turn agave bagasse into a building material:

They physically remove the alcohol, sugar, bone, and shell, so just the fiber remains.

They dry the remaining fiber, then pulverize it into a powder.

They add a compatibilizing agent to make the powder behave like a plastic and interact well with the recycled plastic.

via Eat Drink Better | Healthy recipes, good food: sustainable eats for a healthy lifestyle!.

Why your next home may be made from industrial waste | Business – Around the Region | Times Free Press

Photo by Staff File Photo/Times Free Press.

Using hydraulic compression, the Chattanooga company’s technology aims to take discarded demolition and construction material and turn it into interlocking building blocks.

“They stack up like Legos,” said David White, RamRock’s co-founder and CEO.

via Why your next home may be made from industrial waste | Business – Around the Region | Times Free Press.

Old Red Balloon building demolition underway – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

The demolition of Linda Faulkner’s downtown Duncan building began earlier this month after five year’s of wrangling that still has be settled in court.  - fileThe demolition of Linda Faulkner’s downtown Duncan building began earlier this month after five year’s of wrangling that still has be settled in court. — Image Credit: File

The city ordered the demolition of the 107-year-old building — located at the corner of Station and Craig — in September, five years after a protracted process that began when the building was damaged when it was hit by a Duncan snowplow.

Citing safety and nuisance reasons after Worksafe BC closed the site, the city eventually rejected a bid by Faulkner to negotiate a deal to repair and save the building.

via Old Red Balloon building demolition underway – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial.

What Contributors are Saying About The Reclamation Administration

Elizabeth Boris

 

 

“Repurposing and reusing our natural and manufactured resources makes hard-headed sense. Examples and tools are at the Reclamation Administration.”

 

 

 

Elizabeth Boris

Director, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at Urban Institute

 “Keep up the good work!”

 

Ruth Trocolli

State Archaeologist at DC Government

Britton

 

 

 

 

“The immense amount of material that is wasted in our country needs to be highlighted to help educate people on what we can all do to help change how we view “waste” verses “reusable”. The Reclamation Administration is an amazing resource for people to learn about this topic.”

 

Britton Walker

Tips for recycling and reusing asphalt shingles

Tips for recycling and reusing asphalt shingles11 million tons of asphalt shingles enter U.S. landfills each year, according to the EPA

In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.), more than 11 million tons of asphalt shingles enter U.S. landfills each year. Shingles account for an estimated 3%-5% of landfill space and they are non-degradable, meaning they stay there forever. Asphalt shingles are also 25% oil by weight, so think of how much oil you could save by reusing or recycling your asphalt shingles?

via Tips for recycling and reusing asphalt shingles.

Internships are a reason to fund The Reclamation Administration

Michaela Harms

Micheala: Summer 2014 Intern Extraordinaire

Michaela is a student at Metropolia University in Helsinki, Finland studying sustainable building engineering. Her interest in innovative building was sparked with an initial project in the Mojave Desert at Aquarius Ranch on a super adobe dome underneath UFOs and starry skies.

She stumbled into the natural building world through working on organic farms and continued on with projects utilizing cob, light-clay straw, adobe, and infinite recycled materials. After working at cafes and arts non-profits to support her wanderlust, she chose to return to the Nordic region to get back to her building passion.

This summer she was on work placement with Whole Trees Architecture in her native Wisconsin with one of her architectural heroes, Roald Gundersen. In the future she hopes to creatively develop accessible hybridized building techniques. She believes natural materials, inspiring integrated design, cradle-to-cradle material reuse, and updated vernacular architecture are the future for a sustainable built environment.

When she’s not brainstorming building compositions and calculating structural integrity you’ll find her biking aimlessly, foraging in the forests, enjoying beers at a sauna evening and flipping around with her acrobatics group.

Micheala researched and wrote many articles while interning at The Reclamation Administration.

 

Here are a couple:

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Demolition planning as part of construction – reuse and recycling of parts improves the eco-efficiency of buildings

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland studied the reuse of structural elements in the ReUSE (Repetitive Utilization of Structural Elements) project, which recently ended. VTT also proposes the development requirements for improving the planning linked with demolition and repair. Of these, the most pivotal are the development of the guidelines and legislation supporting reuse, in addition to showing, by means of example targets, the commercial and ecological benefits that can be obtained.

via Demolition planning as part of construction – reuse and recycling of parts improves the eco-efficiency of buildings.

Sustainablog | Saving The Planet And Money At The Construction Site

construction site waste

The world is slowly finding itself without the resources that it needs, and therefore the construction materials that are being used need to be reduced to help the environmental impact. Rather than send all of the leftover materials, as well as materials that are from the demolition and excavation process, as well as the construction process, this industry is turning towards recycling the reusable materials.

via Sustainablog | Jeff McIntire-Strasburg has been blogging a greener world via sustainablog since 2003!.

Welsh start-up to build recycling facility for construction and demolition aggregates

Cuddy Recycling Ltd, a start-up firm supported by the Welsh government, is establishing a wood, plasterboard and gypsum recycling centre in South Wales. The centre, which represents an investment on £1.2 million, will be the first of its kind in the area and will create 22 jobs.

The facility will process and recycle demolition aggregates from construction and demolition projects in Wales, in addition to waste timber and plasterboard, which will be sourced from the construction sector and civil amenity sites. The aggregates will be sorted for reuse within the construction industry and waste timber will be used for biomass fuel, panel board manufacture and animal bedding. The plasterboard will be reused in plasterboard manufacture where possible and the gypsum will be recycled as a soil conditioner for application in the agricultural industry. It may also be used as a cement additive.

via Welsh start-up to build recycling facility for construction and demolition aggregates.

10 Creepy Ghost Towns and Modern Ruins of the United States – Urban Ghosts

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People left the borough, properties were condemned and Centralia is now one of the weirdest abandoned towns and cities in America. Steam and smoke rise from cracks in a now-disused stretch of Pennsylvania’s Route 61 as the mining fire continues to smoulder.

Images by Lyndi&Jason

via 10 Creepy Ghost Towns and Modern Ruins of the United States – Urban Ghosts.

Review: Tong Lam’s ‘Abandoned Futures’ is a Compelling Visual Journey into Postindustrial Decay – Urban Ghosts

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Through a series of short essays and 169 eerily sublime photographs, Lam transports the reader to a variety of modern wastelands across the continents, from the crumbling Rust Belt cities of the United States to Europe and the emerging industrial ruins of East Asia.

via Review: Tong Lam’s ‘Abandoned Futures’ is a Compelling Visual Journey into Postindustrial Decay – Urban Ghosts.

Importing garbage for energy is good business for Sweden on Vimeo

 

 

Everyone produces waste, and the Swedes are no different. It’s what they do with it that is unusual. Sweden recycles and sorts its waste so efficiently that less than 1 percent ends up in landfills. But perhaps even more interesting, and somewhat controversial, is that Sweden burns about as much household waste as it recycles, over 2 million tons, and converts this to energy. But even with this amount of domestic waste, the country’s 32 waste-to energy (WTE) incineration plants can handle even more. And when Sweden runs out of its own garbage, it offers a service to the rest of garbage-bloated Europe: importing excess waste from other countries.

Importing garbage for energy is good business for Sweden from Sweden on Vimeo.

Woodbury approves demolition of Victorian-era Green Hotel | NJ.com

GREEN HOTEL JHW_5884.jpgThe former Green Hotel building at Cooper Street and Railroad Avenue, in Woodbury, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Staff Photo by Joe Warner/South Jersey Times)(JOE WARNER)

“History is and always has been important in this town. There are a lot of old buildings here,” he said after the vote. “To forget and let them go is a shame, and that’s what happened here. There’s been no investment.”

via Woodbury approves demolition of Victorian-era Green Hotel | NJ.com.

ReuseConex 2014 | October 23-25, 2014 | Austin, Texas, USA

While it’s true that the “3Rs” have become a catalyzing movement of our times, the “reuse” part of this waste management trilogy is often overlooked. Thanks to ReuseConex, the International Reuse Conference & Expo, this is about to change!

If you work with a local reuse organization, if you shop at thrift stores or online resellers, if you buy or sell reusables, if you’re interested in green-collar jobs, and if you’re concerned about climate change – then join us for ReuseConex!

The theme for ReuseConex 2014 is Innovate. Transform. Sustain. — and we hope you’ll join us while we explore new methods and replicable models to make reuse work for your community. At ReuseConex you will find out more about the “triple bottom line” benefits of reuse, learn from and share best practices, and network with leaders in the reuse industry. Join us!

via ReuseConex – International Reuse Conference & Expo.

Jury finds Recology cheated in waste diversion bonus program | SF Politics

The primary way this occurred, according to attorney David Anton, involved misclassifying demolition and construction waste. Under state law, ground up raw construction material that is labeled as “fines” can legally be used to cover up the top of a landfill – in order to prevent pests, fires, and odors, for example. When construction waste is ground up and used this way, it counts as “alternative daily cover” – like a layer of frosting on a giant cake of garbage – and strangely enough, the state allows waste disposal companies to count that frosting as “diverted waste” even though it’s actually part of the landfill.

The lawsuit claimed that Recology tried to count a great many tons of its construction and demolition waste as “fines” when in reality it should have been labeled just plain garbage, because the tons of stuff that they were shipping to the Solano County landfill wasn’t being processed to a fine enough grade to comply with state requirements for what constitutes “fines.”

via Jury finds Recology cheated in waste diversion bonus program | SF Politics.

Former Hotel Menasha Green Lighted For Demolition – WBAY

Stan Sevenich was the lone opposition vote on the council. “One unique thing about the city of Menasha is that we’ve retained a number of our historical buildings. It kind of gives that certain character that surrounding communities have lost. I’d like to see us be fortunate to continue to have that,” he said.

The developers plan to file the paper work to begin the process to demolish the building right away. The hope is to begin construction on the new project by this fall.

via Former Hotel Menasha Green Lighted For Demolition – WBAY.

How US Urban Sprawl Causes Problems Ranging from Obesity to Climate Change | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Urban sprawl, sprawl, suburban sprawl, suburbs, climate change, traffic, obesity

Have you ever thought about how the design of our cities, towns, and communities has wide ranging effects on both our own lives and on larger global issues? Yes, simply by changing the way we design our living spaces, we affect many things in both good ways and bad.

via How US Urban Sprawl Causes Problems Ranging from Obesity to Climate Change | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

St. Paul gets green light to demolish Moonlight Magic bar | Star Tribune

The couple said the city was acting unjustly and making the restoration process unnecessarily difficult because they were trying to open a Somali business. The couple pointed to a statement made by hearing officer Marcia Moermond, who said “this is a joke” when she realized the new owner was Samatar, who was dressed in a Muslim hijab. But the city says in a court filing that Moermond was referring to the fact that Samatar lived in Minneapolis and made a “dismissive comment about Minneapolis, which she then said was a joke.”

via St. Paul gets green light to demolish Moonlight Magic bar | Star Tribune.

WINDOW REPAIR & RETROFIT: STUDIES & RESEARCH

PDF of Report: National Trust

Window Preservation StandardsUsing cutting-edge window testing technology, the Collaborative’s tests are verifying “what most people in historic preservation have known for years, old and historic windows can cost effectively be made as or more energy efficient than new, disposable replacement windows.” “The Effects of Energy Efficiency Treatments on Historic Windows” is an empirical study recently completed by the Center for Resource Conservation in Boulder Colorado. The study involved retrofitting windows in a test home in a historic district and investigated and then compared the energy efficiency and economy of eleven different preservation treatment options with that of new vinyl windows. Most of the proposed treatments were able to outperform a new vinyl window.

 

via WINDOW REPAIR & RETROFIT: STUDIES & RESEARCH.

Michaela is Here! The Reclamation Administration is proud to welcome aboard Michaela

We are super excited to have Michaela interning at the RA!

Here at the RA we have a strong ethic of volunteerism, and we are happy that others do too.   Our internships are educational experiences tailored to the interests and goals of our participants, and of course our readers!  We are always thrilled when people step up to participate.

This spring we are super excited to have Michaela join us in creating new content by writing articles and updating resources.

Michaela
Michaela is a student at Metropolia University in Helsinki, Finland studying sustainable building engineering. Her interest in innovative building was sparked with an initial project in the Mojave Desert at Aquarius Ranch on a super adobe dome underneath UFOs and starry skies.

She stumbled into the natural building world through working on organic farms and continued on with projects utilizing cob, light-clay straw, adobe, and infinite recycled materials. After working at cafes and arts non-profits to support her wanderlust, she chose to return to the Nordic region to get back to her building passion.

She currently is on work placement with Whole Trees Architecture in her native Wisconsin with one of her architectural heroes, Roald Gundersen. In the future she hopes to creatively develop accessible hybridized building techniques. She believes natural materials, inspiring integrated design, cradle-to-cradle material reuse, and updated vernacular architecture are the future for a sustainable built environment.

When she’s not brainstorming building compositions and calculating structural integrity you’ll find her biking aimlessly, foraging in the forests, enjoying beers at a sauna evening and flipping around with her acrobatics group.

Look for articles by Michaela over the next few months!

Kennecott Ghost Town – Once the Booming Centre of Alaska’s Copper Mining Industry | Urban Ghosts |

Urban Ghosts is a great site for abandoned stories. This one about Kennecott mines in Alaska is poignant.

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The last load of copper ore left Kennecott by train on November 10, 1938. The following day the abandoned mining camp was declared a ghost town, and is now a national historic monument.

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via Kennecott Ghost Town – Once the Booming Centre of Alaska’s Copper Mining Industry | Urban Ghosts |.