Belkofski

Location

Belkofski

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Belkofski is located on a point at the eastern end of the Alaska Peninsula, 12 miles southeast of King Cove. It lies at approximately 55d 05m N Latitude, 162d 02m W Longitude. (Sec. 09, T059S, T084W, Seward Meridian). Belkofski is located in the Aleutian Islands Recording District. The area encompasses 2.4 sq. miles of land and .9 sq. miles of water.

History

Russians originally settled Natives at Belkofski in 1823 to harvest the large concentration of sea otters inhabiting the area’s reefs. At the height of this exploitation, Belkofski was one of the most affluent villages in the area. In the 1880s, there were three stores, and residents imported building materials and furniture from San Francisco. The Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church was built. When the otter industry diminished at the turn of the century, so did the population of Belkofski. Remaining residents trapped. Cash employment in the Pribilofs, King Cove or Sand Point lured residents away from the village. When the last of the Belkofski residents moved to King Cove in the early 1980s, they took the church’s bell and icons with them and built a new Orthodox church at King Cove.

Culture

Belkofski is a summer fishing camp, used by King Cove residents and other area Unanga.

Economy

There are no stores or businesses in the village.

Facilities

Of the four unoccupied homes in Belkofski, two have individual wells and septic systems with plumbing. There is no community-wide electrical generation system.

Transportation

Belkofski is accessible by boat or seaplane. It has no harbor, dock, boat-landing facilities, airstrip, roads or vehicles.

Climate

Belkofski lies in the maritime climate zone. Temperatures range from -13 to 78. Snowfall averages 56 inches and precipitation is 33 inches per year.