Alaska Facts and History
Have you ever heard of the Ghost Town of Ukivok? You'll be astonished by the pictures and the story in this edition.
Photo above of King Island is by Ansgar Walker
This is King Island, located in the middle of the Bering Sea.
The small island is only about a mile wide and a mile long and as you can see, it features steep slopes and cliffs.
An Inupiate tribe that lived on the island, called themselves “Aseuluk”, or “People of the Sea”. And their village on the island was unique.
The Ghost Town of Ukivok
Notice that the huts and buildings are perched on stilts and built on a steep slope.
But somehow, the villagers adopted to their unique surroundings.
A Closer Look
Can you imagine going from one hut, or building to the other?
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The village was occupied by a population of about 200 and was abandoned over 50 years ago. It has been a ghost town ever since.
Here is a closer look. The huts and buildings vary in size.
You can learn more and see more pictures of Ukivok on King Island. A great way to discover Alaska.
The photo above gives you a better prospective of just how steep the ground was where they built the village of Ukivok.
The following video is from May 2013
Audio from Laureli Kinneen, KNOM radio
An interview with those who remember living on King Island.
Click on the following picture and discover the history.
In the picture above are the authors, Mary and Mike of Anchorage Memories.com
Wow, what an astonishing Alaska story.
Did you already know about the village on King Island, or was this the first time you have heard of the now Ghost Town of Ukivok?
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Until Next Time
Mike and Mary