Homer, Alaska
usinfo | 2014-06-26 17:53

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. According to the 2010 Census, the population is 5,003. Long known as The "Halibut Fishing Capital of the World," Homer is also nicknamed "the end of the road," and, more recently, "the cosmic hamlet by the sea."


Homer is the southernmost town on the contiguous Alaska highway system. It is also part of the Alaska Marine Highway (the Alaskan ferry system). The regional airport lies near the coast as well, with two local air taxis and scheduled flights to Anchorage. Homer erected its first traffic light in 2005.

Notable people from Homer

Notable people from or living in Homer include:

• Tom Bodett, writer. Bodett is known for the Motel 6 "We'll leave the light on for you" advertisements, and the whimsical book about Homer, As Far as You Can go Without a Passport.

• Lincoln Brewster, Christian Worship musician

• Andy and John Hillstrand, captains of the F/V Time Bandit crab boat on the television series Deadliest Catch, Scott Hillstrand, John's son and a deckhand on the same boat, and Russell Newberry, who was a deckhand on several boats on the program.

• Jewel, singer/songwriter.

• Yule F. Kilcher (Jewel's grandfather), emigrated from Switzerland in the 1930s, hoping to start a colony in Homer of Swiss refugees from World War II. He was a delegate to Alaska's constitutional convention and served one term in the Alaska Senate from 1963 to 1967. The extended family of his descendants are the stars of the reality program Alaska: The Last Frontier.

• Jean Keene (died January 2009), the "Eagle Lady" of Homer, known for her decades-long history of feeding bald eagles on Homer Spit.

• Larry Martin, competitor in cross-country skiing at the 1972 Olympic games in Sapporo, Japan.

• Andre Marrou was a resident of Homer when he was elected as a Libertarian to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1984.

• Shannyn Moore, political writer based in Alaska.

• Ambrose Olsen, male fashion model (1985–2010)

• Tela O'Donnell, Olympic female wrestler.


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