Walking around town I came upon the Russian Cemetery. Russian fur traders came to the southern Alaskan coast in the late-18th, early 19th-century. The oldest house still standing is from 1808. As I later learned at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, the Russian settlement of Alaska was not very successful. The original fur traders hunted the sea otter, densest fur of any animal, to near-extinction. That resource gone they introduced silver and blue fox to a number of islands, raising the animals for their fur. Tastes in fashion changed and Europeans were no longer wearing fox. Gold, oil and other mineral resources were found but not exploited in any real way. Finally they gave up and dumped it on the Americans.
Some gravesites were well-kept, others were in an advanced state of decay. The skies opened up and it started pouring while I was taking these photos. Luckily I had the foresight to pack my wet weather clothes for Kodiak. Everything I brought to the island was either waterproof or quick-drying. The cotton clothes were left in the trunk of the rental car on Homer.