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  • Music Hall ruled by Wyatt Earp
    Music Hall ruled by Wyatt Earp
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    My airplane from Chukotka to Nome
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Nome Things to Do

  • Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum

    This excellent museum shows all kind of artifacts since the times of the gold rush, as well as information of the dogs that made the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, plus the dog Fritz stuffed.It was in this museum that I learnt that Wyatt Earp had opened a Music Hall in Nome.

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  • Nome Visitors Center

    The Visitors Centers is a big hit, from a hilarious video of Nome to stuffed Musk Ox, "Oscar".Josie graciously informs visitors on all sorts of Nome knowledge. Pick up a few brochures, and see what's happening.

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  • Rent a Car

    Unique to Nome is it has a road sytem that allow you to drive to three villages and catch a glimpse of remote Alaska that is hard to grasp without seeing for yourself.Use Nome as your base and spend 2 or 3 days driving to Council 72 miles to the east, Teller 73 miles to the west or Taylor 85 miles to the north. I made the drive to Council that...

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  • Wow - Nome's Busiest Times of the Year!

    I would say that my two favorite months of each year is March and June. March because it's the time of the infamous 'Last Great Race,' the "Iditarod!" This event attracts visitors from all over the world - I've known of people from Sweden, Germany, Spain, Russia, Canada, Africa (I can't remember which country), and India to come and watch the...

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  • The 3 Lucky Swedes

    Jafet Lindbert, Erik Lindbolm and John Bryneston, discoverd gold in 1898, at Anvil Creek, near present day Nome. They had no idea what their discovery would cause.Within a few months, every man with a dream of riches was heading north for the Gold Rush. Nome was actually the largest city in Alaska for a short period.

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  • Carrie McLain Memorial Museum

    The Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving & showcasing the Nome Gold Rush, Bering Strait Eskimo, aviation as well as contemporary history & culture associated with Nome, Alaska & the Bering Strait region of Western Alaska. The Museum exists to promote & provide education & research to everyone from elementary...

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Nome Restaurants

  • Hot and Sour Soup

    The Twin Dragon restaurant is on Front Street, a few blocks from the Iditarod finish line. I stopped in on a cold day in March for a hot meal. I ordered the Hot and Sour Soup. It was delicious. The wait time was minimal. And, the price was fair. No complaints! I only had the soup. But, they have a variety of chinese food. Pizza, too, if I remember...

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  • Polaris Bar & Cafe

    Nothing really special here, just some local grub that will certainly fill you up. When you come in from the cold, anything warm will do.

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  • Dine Overlooking the Bearing Sea

    The Polar Cafe is not the kind of place one goes for a fine meal, but it does offer a place to eat with a wide open view of the Bearing Sea. I enjoyed my lunch here if for that reason alone. The entrance is in an alley just off Front Street. The furnishings were very basic but the dining room was clean and the service was acceptable. I had the...

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Nome Nightlife

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  • An Institution

    An infamous institution in Nome is the Board of Trade, right next door to the Nugget Inn on Main Street. The bar has been there forever and looks like it. Here you will rub elbows with a cross section of humanity that is hard to find anywhere is Alaska. Native whale hunters from St. Lawrence Island, local whites and natives, and the occassional...

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  • Board of Trade Saloon

    This is a classic bar, and not in the 'fake' classic bar theme that so many places aspire to. The Board of Trade Saloon has been operating here since 1900

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  • Century Old Watering Hole

    Of the half dozen or so bars in Nome, the Board of Trade Saloon is the oldest. When It opened, in 1900, a reviewer described the "handsome fixtures, as rich looking as though they had been the work of artists."I took a peak inside and thought the gilt mirrors and hand carved bar would make a good set for an old western movie. The place seemed to...

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Nome Transportation

  • Alaska Airlines is the...

    Alaska Airlines is the principle way to get to Nome. They fly Boeing 737-200Combi* into Nome Airport. This picture shows the passenger terminal. Nome, a small town, actually has 2 airports. The 737's carry a large amount of cargo in the front and passengers exit through the self contained stairs at the back of the airplane. There are flights to...

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  • Regional Hub

    Nome is the regional hub for all the villages within 500 miles. The most reliable airline for getting in and out of those villages is Bering Air. Safe and reliable.Bering Air operates services to the following domestic scheduled destinations (at January 2006): Ambler, Buckland, Cape Lisburne, Deering, Elim, Gambell, Golovin, Kiana, Kivalina, Kobuk,...

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  • My Goodness!

    Well, for starters I'll tell you the truth:If you come to Nome and expect to get around on your own, I'd suggest using an SUV or a Pickup equipped with 4-Wheel Drive! It's definitely needed during the fall and winter seasons, and can be extremely useful in the summer (provided you enjoy going off-roading; there's dirt roads, tundra trails, and you...

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Nome Shopping

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  • From Fine Gifts to Cheap Treasures

    There are a handful of shops along Nome's Front Street which cater to tourists. This is one in which I especially enjoyed browsing. They offer a fine array of local craft items and souviners from jade jewelry to sweat shirts and post cards. Also there was a very good selection of books about Nome and Northwestern Alaska. Expect prices to be...

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  • Where the Locals Shop

    Whether you need fresh produce, hardware, or anything in between, chances are you can find it here. I enjoyed exploring this old-fashioned general store. Thank God Wal-Mart hasn't found it's way to Nome - yet. Groceries, clothing, electronics -you name it. Not such a great selection but a little bit of everything.

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  • Groceries

    There are 2 main grocery stories in Nome (not counting the convenience/liquor store on Front Street).Hanson's is within walking distance of anything in town. On Bering Street, next to the square by Old St. Joseph Church. Expect exquisite items (scrumptuous Sacher Torte with Belgian chocolate and raspberry ganache, Hagen Daaz, gourmet pizza).AC's...

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Nome Local Customs

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    by frankcanfly Updated Aug 26, 2003

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    The name of Nome was actually a mistake on the original map of Alaska. A cartographer drew an arrow to the tiny settlement, with the words 'No Name?' while questioning the name.

    Another cartographer thought that Nome was the name, and incorporated it into the map.

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Nome Warnings and Dangers

  • The Stormy Bering Sea

    Storms often blow furiously across the cold Bering Sea and hit Nome with a wallop. Winds of 60 mph and high waves are not uncommon. Nome's Front Street is just a few feet above the water and many businesses are built on the narrow strip of land between Front Street and the sea. Even with the protection of the seawall, buildings still sometimes...

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  • Don't take off outside of town alone!

    Travelers feel invincible and are anxious to get out on the roads to the outlying areas to see the wildlife on the Tundra. Many come across bears. Aggressive bears that attack their cars. The locals laugh about tourists that have been too stupid to heed warnings, only to come back all shaken up and start knocking back straight shots. There are...

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  • When I was there in late...

    When I was there in late April, there were signs on the roads leading out of Nome warning of the road conditions and suggesting that one inform others of their travel plans if they ventured out on these roads. Heed the warnings! I didn't and got stuck in the snow. A kind man pulled my truck out of the snow. After being unstuck, I decided not to...

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Nome What to Pack

  • Be Prepared for Cold Weather

    When we departed Anchorage for Nome in mid-August temperatures were in the 70's with sunny skies. We arrived in Nome with rain, wind and a high in the low 40's. I'm glad I brought my jacket. Summer weather in Nome may be very pleasant at times, but not always. In spring, winter or fall be prepared for Arctic conditions. Any you might need,...

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  • Sensible shoes that can get dirty!

    Even when the weather is mild it is very windy, so a coat is always a must. Plus bring sturdy shoes. You walk everywhere, and if it's not snowing, it is dusty and/or muddy. I didn't see a blade of grass anywhere in the town proper. It just gets too cold in the winter for grass to survive. And the wind blows the gritty dusty dirt right in your...

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  • Packing List

    If you go in late April, you should bring proper shoes. There is still snow and the main streets are very wet from the melting snow. You may want to bring more supplies with you than you might on a trip to a major city because of the high costs of buying things locally.

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Nome Off The Beaten Path

  • Bering Land Bridge National Preserve

    The Bering Land Bridge National Preserve is one of the most remote areas administered by the U.S. National Park Service. The Preserve is open year round, but there are few facilities and access is only by bush plane, small boat, or snow machine in winter. It encompases a remnant of the area that is thought to have once been a natural land bridge...

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  • Iditarod Sled Dogs in Training

    One of the special treats on our guided tour of Nome was a stop at the camp of a man who trains dogs that run the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled race. Although it was summer, the dogs still train every day, using a sled with wheels when there is no snow on the ground. Both the dogs and the musher were veterans who had actually run in and completed the...

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  • Take a Drive

    This is the famous "Last Train to Nowhere" which is about 27 miles NE of Nome. It's a dirt road, maintained only in the summer months. I drove by this spot almost every weekend on my way to Council which is a weekend fishing getaway, my folks have a lovely cabin along the Niukluk River which hold many species of fish, and the Silver (Coho) Salmon...

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Nome Sports & Outdoors

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    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Nov 22, 2004

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    It would be exciting to be in Nome in mid-March to witness the finish of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Even though I was much too early in the season for that, it was still a thrill to see the actual finish line. The Iditarod, is held anually, beginning the first Saturday in March. It runs 1,049 miles from Anchorage to Nome, over some of the most beautiful yet inhospitable terrain Mother Nature has to offer. The Iditarod is without doubt one of the most thrilling events in the world of sports - "The Last Great Race on Earth." I would personally much rather experience the Iditarod than to see a game of the World Series or the Superbowl.

    When the race is held, the finish line pictured here is moved to the center of Front Street. For the first competitive Iditarod, officials marked the finish by drawing a red line with Cool Aid in the snow.

    Equipment: A team of dogs, a sled, food for yourself and your dogs, clothing to keep you warm to -40F, years of training for yourself and the dogs, a sizeable entrance fee, an incredible amount of stamina and a little bit of good luck.

    The Iditarod Finish Line
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  • Nome - a real gold rush town

    Still today Nome is a real goldrush town. You can only get to Nome by plane. Or by dogsled (with the Iditarod dogsled-race).Nome is still very traditional and the old bearded men love to tell you the old goldrobbery stories.If you have some days rent a car and explore the nice landscape of Nome. There is for example a hot spring in the middle of...

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  • Old Saint Joseph's Church

    On Anvil City Square, and behind the statues of the "Three Lucky Swedes," stands the old St. Joseph's Church, the oldest building still standing in Nome. The church was established in 1901, shortly after the 1898 gold rush. Dogsledders used the lighted cross atop the church as an important navigational aid, known to the Eskimos as "white man's...

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  • Wyatt Earp Was Here

    Wyatt Earp, the legendary desert lawman, gunslinger and adventurer was in Arizona when the fabulous news broke - Gold had been discovered in Alaska! Earp and his third wife, Josie, headed to Nome to "mine the miners."Earp partnered with Charlie Hoxie and built "The Dexter", Nome's first two story wooden building, near the present-day Nome City...

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