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    Russian Orthodox Church & Seminary
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    The Animals of Kodiak

    by mrclay2000 Updated Aug 15, 2003

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    As a former warehouse and past home of the fur trading Russians, a portion of the Baranov Museum displays most of the fur-bearing animals native to Kodiak, namely the fox and the bear. Since its fur trade declined, Kodiak has introduced other species to the island, but in truth there are only five native mammals -- the bear, the fox, the tundra vole, the bat and the ermine.

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    The Whale Fishery

    by mrclay2000 Written Aug 14, 2003

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    The Baranov Museum also displays several delicate and important artefacts from the Aleut, Alutiiq and Russian occupations of Kodiak. The skull bones of whales adorn a wall in the exhibit, and other marine life (or former life) also form part of the display. Rainproof clothing made from animal intestines, and kayaks or bidarkas draped with sea lion skins to waterproof the primitive frame are all key parts of the Koniag-Aleut and Russian whaling exhibit.

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    Fur Trading

    by mrclay2000 Written Aug 13, 2003

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    Fur trading was at one time the principal industry of Kodiak. The Russians set up a post here to conduct fur dealing and all other commercial activities in the 1700s under the guidance of Alexandr Baranov, who built the house that bears his name about 1800. Foxes, sea lions and of course the legendary Kodiak browns all provided pelts for the warehouse.

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    Museum of the Alutiiq Peoples

    by mrclay2000 Written Aug 13, 2003

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    This museum is housed in one of Kodiak's more modern-looking buildings, but despite its comparatively opulent exterior, the displays are not particularly engaging for the ordinary visitor. Photography is not allowed here. A photo gallery of Alutiiq and Alaskan cultures (fish curing, natural scenery, etc) takes up the space of an entire wall, and some displays on Alutiiq means and methods might stir some interest. For kids, there is a small stack of topical gifts for sale (animal masks, etc). For scholars, the museum is crammed with every text imaginable on the topic, but for a comprehensive tour that requires only five minutes, the $2 admission might seem a little rich for your blood.

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    Pull off at Deadman's Curve

    by spintobecca Updated Feb 3, 2003

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    As you approach Deadman's Curve (slow down for chrissakes!!!) pull over into the turnout for a wonderful view of the island! Pictures taken at any time of day are sure to capture a bit of the essense of Kodiak.

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    Russian Orthodox Church

    by spintobecca Written Jan 21, 2003

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    Visit the Russian Orthodox church. It's the site of the oldest Russian Orthodox church in Alaska. A church was first placed on this site in 1794. The church you see here was rebuilt in 1946 after the original burnt down on July 17, 1943.

    The church houses the relics of St. Herman.

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    Morning Calm

    by herzog63 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Get up bright and early and check out the calm mornings unless of course there is a storm but in the morning Kokiak can be very calm with no wind. It is nice to walk the docks at that time! It's great to take some early morning pictures.

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    Baronov Museum

    by herzog63 Updated Oct 6, 2002

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    The Baranov Museum houses some interesting articles about the history of Kodiak. Including alot of Russian and Early American. It is a great place to spend a couple hours especially if it is raining. It is the oldest wooden structure on the west coast of the United States. It also survived the Tsunami of 1964 which wiped out pretty much of Downtown Kodiak! Summer Hours M-F 10-4 S&S 12-4 Winter Hours M-Sat 10-3 Closed Thurs & sun And closed all of February. Admission is $2 with under 12 Free.

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    If you are in decent shape...

    by herzog63 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    If you are in decent shape there are some really nice Mountain hikes that are a few miles from town. Mt Baromter (2563 Ft.)is very popular. It starts right behind the airport. There are lots of Salmon Berries on the trail in the beginning. (if you go in July or August)
    You get nice views of the ocean and outer islands also you can see what the outback of Kodiak looks like.

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    Sportfishing

    by kaloz Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Kodiak is a sportfishing haven, if you're out for big 'buts (halibut), cod, salmon, rockfish, crab, or trout. We've got it here.
    In Alaska we have a saying: What you call trophy fish . . . we call bait.

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    Take a Hike

    by kaloz Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Nature Hikes. This is a picture of a bouy swing on one of the trails. Not for the faint of heart. On weekends during the summer. The Audubon Society leads guided hikes. The guides are knowlegable about the local flora and fauna, and you won't get lost.
    There is a $2 charge per person.

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    Walking the docks you can talk...

    by herzog63 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Walking the docks you can talk with local fisherman. Most of them will take the time to answer questions you may have.
    Fisherman's Memorial...It is a sad reminder of how tough the Fishing Industry is on the local community. Outside of the Harbor Masters office there is a plaque with all of the names of fisherman that have died in recent history

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    Kodiak Island Music Festival

    by herzog63 Written Oct 5, 2002

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    There all kinds of live music on 3 different stages playing all at the same time. You can hear Blue Grass, Country, Rock, Hillbilly, and many other styles of music. It's a great way to spend the weekend. There is camping available too. There are 3 areas to camp. Muscian area where the jamming goes to the wee hours of the morning. Family area...A little quieter and no drinking allowed. Then the ever popular Yahoo area where pretty much anything goes.

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    Russian Orthodox Church & Seminary

    by Jim_Eliason Written Oct 9, 2011

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    A reminder of Alaska's history as a Russian colony are the Russian Orthodox church and St. Herman's Seminary chapel

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    Check out the mountains

    by herzog63 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The mountains around Kodiak are quite scenic! In the winter time you can see the wind blowing the snow off the mountain tops!!

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