Kachemak Selo, Fox River Flats

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Kachemak Selo is a small community at the head of Kachemak Bay near the Fox River Flats, about 30 miles (48 km) east of Homer, on the Kenai Peninsula, 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 1 mile (1.6 km) up the beach to reach Kachemak Selo.

The Fox River flows into Kachemak Bay from the Chernof Glacier, The name was first reported 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.

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 (Larsen Bay area, and on Raspberry Island). Read more about the Old Believers here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore the Fox River Delta.

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