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|Seldovia Harbor, Wikipedia Commons|
No roads lead in or out of Seldovia, Alaska. The only way to get there is by plane or boat. A tiny town on the Kenai Peninsula, across Kachemak Bay from Homer, Seldovia has been a town since 1787 when it was established as a Russian fur trading post. Though various native peoples gathered there thousands of years earlier for trade. Eventually it became a major fishing port when large schools of herring were discovered in the bay. Canning herring, salmon and other seafoods became Seldovia’s top industry.
At it’s height it had around 2000 inhabitants. Then on Good Friday of 1964, an earthquake larger than any that had ever hit North America struck the area. 9.2 on the Richter Scale. Seldovia would never be the same. The land dropped 4 feet, putting buildings and the town’s boardwalk in the bay during high tide.
Today Seldovia has a population of around 255. The townsfolk seem to welcome visitors to their seaside paradise. They offer fishing, flight seeing, bear viewing, chainsaw carvings, parks and hiking trails as well as sunsets on the beach. Their website boasts that Seldovia is Alaska’s Most Charming Seaside Community.
I hope it is. I’m really looking forward to seeing if they’re right.
|Seldovia's grocery store, CrabPot. Wikipedia Commons|
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