Museum in Nome

Carrie McLain Museum

It's amazing how much information you can stuff into a very small space. Bivouacked in the basement of the Kegoayah Kozga Public Library, Nome's small museum does a commendable job of showcasing the surprisingly int…
Beach in Nome

Golden Sands Beach

Sand zero, so to speak, of Nome’s famed gold rush, this beach is still open to recreational mining and all summer long you can watch miners set up work camps along the shore. Some will pan or open a sluice box right…
Church in Nome

St Joseph Church

Built in 1901, when there were 20,000 people living in Nome, this church and its spire was located on Front St and used as a beacon for seamen. By the 1920s, after the population of the city had plummeted to less th…
Landmark in Nome

Iditarod Finish-Line Arch

This imposing structure, a distinctly bent pine tree with burls, is raised over Front St every March in anticipation of the mushers and their dogsled teams ending the 1049-mile race here.
Plaza in Nome

Donald Perkins Memorial Plaza

Next to the Nome Visitor Center is this plaza, containing a collection of old mining detritus.
Landmark in Nome

Swanberg's Gold Dredge

One mile east of the town fronting the beach is this poignantly abandoned gold dredge that was in operation until the 1950s. A boardwalk with various interpretative signs traverses the tundra to allow a close-up loo…