Today we went to Homer, Alaska which is on the stunning Kachemak Bay. Long known as the "Halibut Fishing Capital of the World." Homer is also nicknamed "The End of the Road" because it's the end of Alaska Highway 1. The road actually stops here!
This is also the home to the Discovery Channel's "The Last Frontier" Kilcher family, and homeport to the F/V Time Bandit of "Deadliest Catch". There's a lot to say about this little town! For a small community (population: about 5,000), Homer has built lots of big reputations! This quaint and quirky community is known for its vibrant arts scene. As the halibut capital of the world, it’s known for its great fishing. It also has a big reputation for delicious food, including the tastiest oysters you’ll ever eat, and maybe, just maybe, more coffee houses per capita than any other community its size.
Not only is it unique in style but it has some quirky history too!
This town was founded by a con man named Homer Pennock. He was a very confident man who created numerous schemes for separating wealthy people from their money. In 1896 and '97, he set up base camp on the Homer Spit (named in his honor by the hopeful gold miners in his crew) and sought gold throughout Cook Inlet. With some knowledge of the local gold and coal outcrops, Pennock established bogus mining companies, then traveled to the East Coast to sell stock in them! Pretty interesting, huh?
We had a really fun day just walking around and especially watching people fish. We also stepped into the famous Salty Dawg Saloon!
After the March 1964 Good Friday Earthquake, he moved the structure to its present location. The distinctive lighthouse tower was added to cover a water storage tank, thus completing one of Homer's more historical and recognizable landmarks.
The Salty Dawg Saloon is currently owned and operated by John Warren.
The bar is known for the thousands of dollar bills signed by visitors and tacked to the walls. This practice started many years ago, when a visitor tacked a dollar on the wall, explaining that his friend would be by later. The dollar was intended for buying the friend a drink.
If you're ever in Homer, Alaska you must stop in here! People come from all around just to say they were in the famous Salty Dawg Saloon! If you ever go make sure you write your name on a dollar bill and tack it to the wall, ceiling, wherever. We didn't do it this time but we'll definitely do it next time.