Locations in Kenai Peninsula
Seldovia | Kenai Peninsula
Seldovia is near Homer and is a beautiful reminder of what coastal Alaska was like in the past. There are no malls, no crowds and you can always find a place to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet. To reach Seldovia you must travel by air or water as there is no road access.
In 1931 an elevated wooden sidewalk was built along the waterfront to facilitate travel through town. Businesses in buildings set on pilings flourished along the wooden walkway, and it was also a gathering place for the residents. Seldovia became known in Alaska as “the boardwalk town.”
The 1964 “Good Friday”earthquake changed Seldovia forever. The land mass fell six feet, and high tides washed over the buildings, houses and stores completely destroying the business area. Fill was brought in from the surrounding hills so the town could be rebuilt on higher ground, above high tides.
Even today, the charm of old Seldovia is retained in a section of boardwalk that was built much later than the original and is often called the “new boardwalk” by residents. It is the only historical piece that remains and can be found overlooking the Seldovia Slough.
Today Seldovia is an active and fun community that welcomes visitors and is a great opportunity to see Alaska as it was.
You can take a water taxi, ferry, local air taxi or charter a boat from Homer.
Seldovia Museum and Visitor Center. Discover the rich history of the area. 206 Main Street. 907-262-5229