Homer is one of the last Frontier
places! For many people even getting here would be
a feat, but living here! Thats something else!The
Dena'ina Indians or Pacific Eskimos lived on the
southern shores of Kachemak Bay long before the "White
This is a bit of a misnomer really,but
the eskimos were here first!Coal and Russians were
the main reason for Homer's existence. Apparently
discovered by them but harvested by American companies
and shipped via a railroad to a wharf vbuilt on the
spit and then carried by ship to the foundries of
This industry led to a small town being
established and naturally this was close to the industry.
The glacial moraine soon supported the first real "town.
Homer Pennock is famous for his role (and obviosuly
name). Homer had a 50-man and single woman crew who
appeared early in 1896. This Gold mining company
and its owner soon moved onto the Klondike but left
in his wake his heritage! Unfortunately (or fortunately),
the coal soon petered out in economic terms and the
remaining residents turned to agriculture and fishing.
This resulted in a salmon cannery being built in
Seldovia southwest of Homer across the Bay. Naturaly
a church was built, a school founded in the early
1900's and soon other industries were tried: fur,
herring, and no doubt others. Although adding to
the opportunity and longevity, it was the Salmon
industry that remained!
The spit was not a suitable place for a town, especially
in the absence of coal and it withered and died.
A few remnants remain but the main town was relocated
to the "mainland". During the 1940s, the
town grew in size but shrank in numbers (325 to 307).
Even then this number was barely sufficient to maintain
More emphasis was applied to fishing and the now
world famous Halibut and shrimp catches from Kachemak
Bay boosted the towns economy. Seldovia was the hotspot
fo this growth until the 1964 earthquake destroyed
that town's waterfront. Homer was the natural successor!
Homer is embalmed in natural beauty and
abundant wildlife. Coal is still free (washed
up on beaches in the storms) and people
live a healthy and vibrabt existence. Homes
will even help you relocate!!