There is No Place Like Nome~

A little area trivia~

The town's name may have been the result of poor penmanship.  .  .

When the area was surveyed the surveyor wrote "?name" by the point about 12 miles from Nome.  The map maker read this as Cape Nome and that bump on the map became Cape Nome.

Or, another possibility is that it was named by it's Norwegian founder who had left a Nome Valley behind in his home-country and wanted a place to remind him of home.                      

Nome can be found on the edge of the Seward Peninsula along the Norton Sound coast of the Bering Sea.  It is below the Arctic Circle and a long ways from the equator.

The many rivers that meet with the Bering Sea make this area a good spot to find critters in the water and plants to harvest on shore.  Families have been hunting, fishing and picking berries here for hundreds of years.

Those are still favorite activities in the area.

Just before the turn of the century gold was discovered on the beaches and in the rivers around Nome.  The beaches swarmed with as many as 20,000 people.  Some people stayed and have relatives who are still working their claims.  Many gold miners work every summer  on the beach trying to find the precious metal.  They usually find something warmer to do in the winter!

Anvil City Square is home to the Welcome Gold Pan, Three Lucky Swedes and relics from days gone by.
It is also home to the beautifully restored 100 year+ Old St. Joeseph Chuch.

1 comment:

  1. I lived in Nome from 1958 - 1960. It was such a tiny town then. My Dad taught school (8th grade, I think) and I was a Freshman in High school then. Just happened to find you blog on the blog hop and I'm always interested in anything about Alaska, I was mostly raised in Wrangell, except for 2 years in Nome and college at the U of Alaska in Fairbanks. I've been in California now for 48 years.


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