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Friday, June 03, 2005

King Island village deemed endangered

"Careful with that first step, it's a doozy!" A village clinging to the side of King Island in the Bering Sea and certain federal lands in Alaska were named among America's 11 most endangered historic places Thursday.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation included the King Island village of Ukivok in its annual list because the tiny old homes there are deteriorating and the former residents of the island and their descendants need help maintaining their connections to the place.

King Island is about two miles across and three miles long [Image]. It lies 40 miles west of Cape Douglas on the Seward Peninsula. The island was named in 1778 by Capt. James Cook for a lieutenant, James King.

The village Ukivok is perched on cliffs on the southern coast. The downhill sides of the homes are propped up with long support poles.

Koezuna-Irelan said most people reach the island using open skiffs with two outboards launched from Nome or a fish camp at Cape Woolley, about 40 miles west of Nome. The ride takes about 2 1/2 hours on a calm day. No one has stayed year-round on the island since 1954.

Moe said transportation is a major challenge. The island has no runway.


Anonymous AFarker said...

"Clinging" is barely adequate. That photo is begging for a photoshopping! I see babes on the beach in bikinis!

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Billy said...

If ever there was a place crying out for "Extreme Home Makeover", "Hometime", "Ask This Old House", and so on, this neighborhood is IT, Baby! Just look at those lawns!

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks like the perfect place for an Evil Genius, maybe cloning lost species of animals and humans.

11:54 PM  

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