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Facts about Alaska

 

Alaska occupies a huge peninsula, from which hand two long extensions.  To the southwest stretch the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands chain.  To the southeast is a 500 mile long strip bordering on British Columbia.  On its eastern side the Alaskan mainland is adjacent to Canada's Yukon Territory.  Alaska's total area is 591,004 square miles, including 20,171 square miles of lakes and rivers.  With its islands, Alaska has 33,904 miles of shoreline.

 

Northward, Alaska extends the United States to Point Barrow on the Artic Ocean.  About one third of Alaska is within the Artic Circle.  Westward, the Aleutian Islands stretches across the Pacific Ocean into the eastern hemisphere.  Attu, Alaska's westernmost island, is located at 173 E longitude.  This is directly north of New Zealand.  The distance from Attu in the Aleutians to Ketchikan in the panhandle is greater than the distance from San Francisco to New York City.

 

The tip of the Seward Peninsula, on the Alaskan mainland, is a little more that 50 miles across the Bering Strait from the Russian mainland.  Through the Bering Strait runs the international date line.  On one side is Little Diomede Island, a part of the Untied States.  On the other side of the date line, a couple of miles away, is Big Diomede Island, which is part of Russia.

 

The geography of Homer — physical as well as metaphysical — has gathered certain people here the way currents gather driftwood on the town's pebble beaches.  Homer is at the end of the road.  The nation's paved highway system comes to an abrupt conclusion at the tip of the Homer Spit, almost 5 miles out in the middle of Kachemak Bay, and believers of one kind or another have washed up here for decades.  The choice is understandable.  Homer lies on the north side of Kachemak Bay, a branch of lower Cook Inlet, and boasts extraordinary productivity.  The halibut fishing is exceptional.  Homer began to take on its modern form after two events: in the 1950's, the Sterling Highway connected it to the rest of the world (there were no roads to or from Homer until then - it was only available by port), and in 1964 the Good Friday earthquake sank the Spit, narrowing a much larger piece of land containing a small forest into the tendril that now barely stands above water.  If not for constant reinforcement by the federal government, the Spit would have long since become an island, and Homer probably would hardly exist.

Homer is full of creative people: artists, eccentrics and those who simply contribute to a quirky community in a beautiful place.

 

The Homer Spit — a 5 mile long "sandbar" — is the center of town activity with lots of unique shops, cafes and an unforgettable bar, The Salty Dawg

The Salty Dawg is the only original building left from the 1898 township of Homer

Homer Spit, lined with interesting shops, sank 20 inches during the Good Friday earthquake of 1964

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