Carlotta and Pepi Alaska journey 2017 travel blog

St. Nicholas orthodox church Kenai Old Town

a view across the James Cook inlet

Mt. Redoubt


We invited Susi to breakfast in the Beaver and continued much reminiscing. Then Susi took us on a tour of the area surrounding her home and including the town of Soldotna and Kenai City. Soldotna is more of a commercial hub while especially the Old Town of Kenai is fascinating. The temperature at 6 am was 56 F.

Kenai City

Kenai is situated on a low rise overlooking the mouth of the Kenai River where it empties into Cook Inlet. The area affords majestic views across Cook Inlet of 3 major volcanic peaks in the Alaska Range: Mount Spurr (elev. 11,100 feet), the largest, which last erupte d in 1992; Mount Iliamna (elev. 10,016 feet), identified by the 3 smaller peaks on its left; and Mount Redoubt (elev. 10,197 feet), which was identified by its very regular cone shape until it erupted inDecember 1989. Mount Redoubt erupted again in 2 009. Both eruptions had significant impact on the aviation and oil industries, as well as the people of the Kenai Peninsula.

Kenai is the largest city on the Kenai Peninsula. Prior to Russian Alaska, Kenai was a Dena’ina Native community. The Dena’ina people fished, hunted, trapped, farmed and traded with neighboring tribes here. In 1791 it became the second permanent settlement established by the Russians in Alaska, when a fortified post called Fort St. Nicholas, or St. Nicholas Redoubt, was built near here by Russian fur traders. In 1797, at the Battle of Kenai, the Dena’ina defeated the Russian settlement of 150 men.

In subsequent years, the post remained a minor trading post. In 1848, the first Alaska gold discovery was made on the Russian River. In 1869 the U.S. Army established Fort Kenai (Kenay). The first fish canneries were established in the 1880s. A post office was authorized in 1899.

Oil exploration began in the mid-1950s, with the first major discovery in this area, the Swanson River oil reserves, 20 miles/32.2 later, natural gas was discovered in the Kalifornsky

Beach area 6 miles/9.6 km south of the city of Kenai. Extensive exploration offshore in upper Cook Inlet has established that Cook Inlet’s middle-ground shoals contain one of the major oil and gas fields in the world. ."(tMp)"



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