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The Salty Dawg, a bar located in Homer, Alaska, started out as one of the first cabins built in 1897, soon after Homer became a town site. It served as the first post office, a railroad station, a grocery store, and a coal mining office for twenty years. In 1909 a second building was constructed, and it served as a school house, post office, grocery store. And at one time, it housed three adults and eleven children.
Shaded by the forest trees, some of the homes in the village of Seldovia are built along the shores of Kachemak Bay in Alaska where the fisherman climb down their backyard ladder into their fishing boats. The calm water of Kachemak Bay remains ice free during the winter and the residents in these homes can look out their window every morning and admire the Alaskan wilderness.