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.
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.
Generally 85 feet (26 m) above sea level.
- www.alaska.hometownlocator.com[permanent dead link]
- Pictures from Belkofski, Alaska by Eubank, William R.