Kachemak Selo, Fox River Flats

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Kachemak Selo, Fox River Flats

by | Mar 30, 2020

Kachemak Selo is a small community at the head of Kachemak Bay near the Fox River Flats on the Kenai Peninsula, about 9 miles (14.5 km) northeast of Fritz Creek and 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Homer, Alaska. The community is one of several settlements of Russian Old Believers in the Fox River area. The only land access is by driving east from Homer to Voznesenka and descending a steep switchback trail to the beach, then traveling about 0.6 miles (1 km) along the beach to reach Kachemak Selo.

The Fox River flows roughly southwest for 23 miles (37 km) from the Chernof Glacier to Kachemak Bay. The river name was first reported in 1895 by William Healey Dall of the U.S. Geological Survey. The name may have been for Theodore Fox, Vice President of the North Pacific Mining and Transportation Co., which was operating in the Kachemak Bay area in 1894. The Chernof Glacier starts in the Harding Icefield and was named in 1913 by A.H. Brooks for Ivan Chernov of the Russian American Company who explored part of the west coast of the Kenai Peninsula in 1834.

Russian Old Believers are Eastern Orthodox Christians who maintain the liturgical and ritual practices as they existed prior to the church reforms of Patriarch Nikon of Moscow between 1652 and 1666. Old Believers were persecuted in tsarist Russia after the Revolution of 1917 and many fled the country. Old Believers arrived in Alaska in the second half of the 20th century. Existing communities in Alaska include the villages of Voznesenka, Razdolna, and Kachemak Selo near Homer in the Fox River area, and Nikolaevsk, Beryozovka, Delta Junction, and Kodiak, Alaska (in the Larsen Bay area and on Raspberry Island). Read more about the Old Believers and Kachemak Selo here and here. Explore more of Kachemak Selo here:

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