Out on the California coast near Jenner is Fort Ross, which the Russians built and occupied from 1812-1820. Their main aim, along with the Spanish and other groups, was killing marine mammals like sea otters for their fur. The short-lived fort closed down after eight years because all the marine mammals had been hunted out, one of many cases where the seemingly unending resources of the “new world” were decimated in a short period of time.
However, the fort is a nice place to spend the afternoon. I took my son there last weekend. Pictures:
Behind the fort.
Inside the fort.
The bluff the park is located on.
I bet this is nicer than Siberia.
Highlight of the trip: I petted all these animal pelts. You have no idea how soft a beaver is until you pet one.