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Belkofski

Taxtamax̂
Alaska Native Village
Exterior of Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church
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Coordinates: 55°05′20″N 162°01′50″W / 55.08889°N 162.03056°W / 55.08889; -162.03056
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Aleutians East
Elevation
102 ft (31 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 0
Time zone UTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-8 (AKDT)
ZIP code
99571
Area code 907 (local prefix: 532)
FIPS code 02-05970
GNIS feature ID 1418210

Belkofski (Taxtamax̂ in Aleut; Russian: Белкофски) is an unincorporated community and Alaska Native Village Statistical Area (ANVSA) in the Aleutians East Borough in Alaska. It has been uninhabited since the 1980s, reporting a population of zero in 1990, 2000 and 2010.

Location

Belkofski is on a point at the eastern end of the Alaska Peninsula, 12 miles southeast of King Cove.

History

Russians originally settled Aleuts at Belkofski in 1823 to harvest sea otters in the area; at its height, it was the area's most important village. In the 1880s, three stores were constructed, which were stocked with goods from San Francisco. There was a Russian Orthodox church built at that time as well. When the sea otter population diminished, so did the population. The economy switched to trapping wild game, and many people moved to the neighboring communities of Sand Point, Alaska and King Cove attracted the population away from the village. The last people left for King Cove in the 1980s; they brought everything with them and established a new Orthodox church there.

Climate

The area is in a maritime climate zone. Temperatures range from −13 to 78 °F (−25 to 26 °C). Average snowfall is 56 inches (1,400 mm), with an annual precipitation of 33 inches (840 mm) a year.

Elevation

Generally 85 feet (26 m) above sea level.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 268
1890 185 −31.0%
1900 147 −20.5%
1920 129
1930 123 −4.7%
1940 140 13.8%
1950 119 −15.0%
1960 57 −52.1%
1970 59 3.5%
1980 10 −83.1%
1990 0 −100.0%
2000 0
2010 0
U.S. Decennial Census

Belkofski first appeared on the 1880 U.S. Census as the unincorporated village of Belkovsky with 268 residents (making it the 25th largest community in the Alaska Territory). It appeared as "Belkovsky" in 1890, as Belkofski Village in 1900, it did not report in 1910, and as Belkofski from 1920-1970, with the exception of 1940 when it was erroneously reported as "Balkofski." Beginning in 1980, it was classified as an "Alaska Native Village" and from 1990 through 2010 censuses as an Alaska Native Village Statistical Area (ANVSA), but on the last three censuses has reported a population of zero.

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