The island was named for the type of farming that took place here during the early 1900's. Fox farming was practiced through-out Alaska on offshore islands which acted as natural pens for the foxes. All a farmer needed were several pair of mated foxes and a sturdy corral. The foxes had the run of the island. The farmer harvested fish and even seals and sea lions for the foxes to eat and fed them in the corral. When the furs were ready to harvest the farmer would just close the corral one night while the foxes were eating. Fox furs were worth about $100.00 in the early 1900's.
In the winter of 1918 a fox farmer by the name of Lars Olson loaned an old goat shed to a wayward artist who was down on his luck and had come to Alaska to escape life for a while. Rockwell Kent was the artist's name and he traveled here with his 10 year old son, also Rockwell. While spending the winter on the island Rockwell Kent sketched and painted the area and he kept a journal of his days. He went back east after his winter and was catapulted to fame in part by some of the work he had completed in Alaska. Friends encouraged him to publish his journal and you can still buy it today in most any Alaskan book store. It is called "Wilderness, a journal of quiet adventure in Alaska" it is a good easy summer read of life in a simpler time. A lot of artists are drawn to Alaska's beauty and many seem capable of replicating precise drawings of photographic quality but Rockwell Kent is considered one of the few artists who can accurately portray the quality of light as it falls upon the landscapes of Alaska.
We are now passing by the Caines Head headland mentioned earlier in the day when seen from across the bay. This was the sight of Fort McGilvray during WWII.