Nome, established in 1901, is located on the coast of the Bering Sea and Norton Sound. Nome touts of having the largest gold pan in the world. While life in Nome, Alaska is undoubtedly larger than life, this claim is unconfirmed.
In addition to the approximately 2,700 people that live in Nome, are the plethora of creatures and critters! A stroll through Nome and you may see musk ox, moose, brown bear, arctic fox, and caribou, just to name a few. Nome is also home to more than 150 migratory species of bird including the McKay’s Bunting and the sandhill crane shown below. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has published a great comprehensive Wildlife Viewing Guide for the Nome area.
Hunting and gathering for subsistence is both a rich cultural tradition and a necessary aspect of living in a harsh, off-the-road, rural community. Local fare from nature to table includes wild blueberries and cranberries, salmon, large game such as caribou and moose, belugas and more.
The Next Generation & Community
Every dynamic community has a commitment to its youth and Nome is no exception. With a school district serving approximately 700 students, young people enjoy a myriad of cultural, educational, athletic and community building activities.
Leading in resources
Many Alaska rural communities, including Nome, are cutting edge users of wind turbine renewable energy in order to provide electricity to these off-grid areas.
Off the grid transportation
With no road access, popular transportation alternatives to cars are ATVs and snow machines.
Claim to fame
Throughout Nome you’ll find remnants of a booming Gold Rush town. The Gold Rush, from 1899-1909, made Nome the biggest town in Alaska which resulted in a surge of capital investment resulting in schools, churches, saloons, stores and a post office. Nome even enjoyed the development of a railroad. Many of the buildings and transportation systems have long since been abandoned.
The Last Great Race on Earth
Nome enjoys the ultimate winter community festival event as spectators come from all over the world to cheer on the finishers of the Iditarod sled dog race. The Iditarod trail begins with a ceremonial start in Anchorage and finishes in Nome; a journey that takes the fastest team 8 days to complete.