Kodiak, Alaska

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The city of Kodiak is located on Kodiak Island, in the southern portion of the present-day U.S. state of Alaska.  Interestingly, this island has often been referred to as “Alaska’s Emerald Isle.”  The Alutiiq peoples have inhabited the Kodiak Archipelago for over 7,000 years.  In fact, in the Alutiiq language, ‘kadiak’ means ‘island.’  It wasn’t until 1763, however, when Kodiak Island was officially discovered by European explorers.  The first of these foreign interlopers was Russian Stephan Glotov, who called the area Kad’yak.  In 1778, famous British Captain James Cook also visited the area.

According to The Limestone Press, the nucleus of modern Kodiak was developed following the decision by Russian Alexander Baranov, chief manager of the Shelikhov-Golikov Company in 1792, to “move the post at Three Saints Bay (established in 1784) to a new site in Paul’s Harbor.”  Consequently, Kodiak became the de-facto capital of Russian Alaska.  Following brutal wars, the enslavement of native peoples, and the near extinction of the local sea otter population (due to fur trading), Kodiak (along with the rest of Alaska) became part of the United States in the Alaska Purchase of 1867.  The city of Kodiak, Alaska wouldn’t officially be incorporated until September 11th, 1940.

In a 2014 estimate, the U.S. Census Bureau claimed the population of Kodiak, Alaska to be comprised of 6,304 souls.  This makes it the eighth most populous city in the state.  Truly a bustling metropolis.

As can be surmised by the location of an island city, Kodiak, Alaska’s economy is dominated by the commercial fishing industry.  Local fish species include salmon and halibut.  Of course, fish is far from the only draw to the area, though.  Other marvelous natural attractions bringing in tourists from all over the world include elk, Sitka deer (black tail), mountain goats, and of course the unique Kodiak bear.  For those interested in one day visiting Kodiak, Alaska – be aware – “there are strict laws governing fishing and hunting activities as well as hiking near spawning streams.”

Kodiak, Alaska is also a hub for military installations.  The United States Navy operates Naval Special Warfare Cold Weather Detachment Kodiak.  Naval Special Warfare Cold Weather Detachment Kodiak trains “United States Navy SEALs in cold weather survival and advanced tactics.”  The United States Coast Guard also maintains a major presence in the area.  Other institutions on Kodiak Island, Alaska include Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak, Communication Detachment Kodiak, North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center (NPRFTC), Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak, Naval Engineering Support Unit (NESU) Detachment Kodiak, and who could possibly forget Electronic Systems Support Detachment Kodiak (ESD).

Along with an annual Kodiak Crab Festival, Kodiak, Alaska is also home to Kodiak College, a satellite campus for the University of Alaska Anchorage.  This two-year institution, established in 1968, has approximately 1,000 students in total enrolled in its academic programs and also features the Carolyn Floyd Library.  Kodiak, Alaska also boasts Saint Herman’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, which was founded in 1972 by the Russian Orthodox Church in America.

There are no professional sports franchises of note in Kodiak, Alaska.  However, according to Reuters, the Anchorage Daily News, and the New York Daily News, in 2012, rapper Pitbull was featured in an advertising campaign with Walmart.  The Walmart store receiving the most Facebook “likes” between June 18th and July 15th of that year would have the rapper visit and put on a show there.  Predictably, “an orchestrated internet campaign urged people to vote for the most remote location imaginable.”  They chose Kodiak, Alaska.  Of course, it won, and Pitbull was forced to visit on July 30th, 2012, “where he received a key to the city…and then made an appearance before a crowd of hundreds at the Coast Guard Base.”

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