Things To See Near Nome, Alaska
While you are visiting Nome, Alaska the White Alice is a must see. This is the remnants of the communications center which was so vital during the Korean war. Pilots still use this as a navigation point especially during bad weather. Anvil Rock is just a short distance from White Alice. Many activities are planned that include Anvil Mountain, such as the Anvil Run. Standing on this Rock gives you a commanding view of Nome and the surrounding area. It also gives you a birds eye view of our camp that is to the north. Pick up a map at the Visitor’s Center for all the interesting points in and about Nome. Along the beaches you will see many different sizes and designs of dredges, weather, permitting, they will be out dredging the Sea floor for gold. You can also take a drive to Pilgrims Hot Springs which is little over an hours drive from Nome. This is an Orphanage that was built by the Jesuits, for the children that were orphaned during the Diphtheria epidemic and other diseases during the 1920′s. Soak in the hot tubs and take pictures of the historical buildings still standing. Another point of interest is McDuffee’s Mine located about 25 miles on Glacier Creek Road. This is an especially picturesque area. There is an old mining cabin at the top of the hill the last time we were there it had started to crumble. East of Nome you can see the Last Train To Nowhere, resting in the tundra on the way to Council. These 3 engines are the only 0-4-4 T Fornay-type remaining in existence. They were built in 1881 and 1886 for use on the New York Elevated and later shipped to Nome, Alaska in 1903. The railroad was to connect Solomon with a mining area 65 miles north, but the project was never completed. This was the farthest north and west standard gauge railroad in North America. About 68 miles from Nome, Council is a lovely place with spruce trees surrounding the area. Council is an old mining town located on the north bank of the Niukluk River. Many people have summer camps here, to get away from the every day routine of life. On the way to Council stop at the Safety Road house for a visit. Notice all the dollar bills on the walls.
There is a story behind
each and every one of them. Keep going and you will come to Safety Sound. The only
way to get across Safety sound was by ferry. This ferry has long been dismantled and forgotten by many. A bridge has been in place for many years. You will come to the Solomon Bed and Breakfast on your way to Council. It is a lovely drive on the way to Council. The terrain changes many times and you will see many different animals on the way. Upon arriving at Council you will need someone to show you where to cross the river. There is a certain spot to cross, don’t try it until you find a Local to show you where it’s safe to cross. Take pictures on your way you will be glad you did. Drive safely and enjoy your stay.