Alaska December 06, 2018
The Story Behind The Remnants Of This Abandoned Train In Alaska Is Truly Fascinating
Exploring Alaska’s ghost towns is an ongoing adventure that never seems to get old. Hiding near the town of Nome is a truly unique ghost town with a fascinating history. In fact, its most notable feature are the remnants of an abandoned train that can be found nearby. These remnants have been left to decay for over a century and it’s pretty amazing that you can still view them. If you love exploring Alaska’s long-forgotten spots, then this destination should definitely be on your radar. Take a look:
Just a few miles east of Nome lay the long-abandoned remnants of three steam locomotives. Locals have lovingly dubbed it "The Last Train to Nowhere".
These abandoned remnants represent a dream that never came to fruition. There is something hauntingly beautiful about the train and seeing it is a must for an ghost town or history enthusiast.
Located in the vast tundra of Western Alaska, the nearby ghost town of Solomon was once considered a booming mining village. It was home to thousands of prospectors who had traveled to this remote corner of the world to become rich.
However, today you'll notice that all of the buildings that remain in Solomon are empty. Although a few people resided in the town up until 2000, the town is now completely devoid of human life.
Instead, you'll stumble across the few decaying remains that remind us of the people that once lived here, including The Last Train To Nowhere.
In the early 1900s, investors from Chicago backed construction of the Council City & Solomon River Railroad. The rail system was supposed to link the region's major mining centers together. However, as the gold rush dwindled, the project was abandoned.
Construction on the railroad completely ceased in 1907. The line in its entirety only extended for 35 miles. The locomotives were left to succumb to the elements.
Today, you can see The Last Train To Nowhere for yourself. The attraction is even equipped with viewing platforms and interpretive signs. Life may have left this remote area long ago, but the story of Solomon will never be forgotten.
Did you know the story behind this abandoned train? This is a strange destination that every Alaskan should see at some point. Check out more of our state’s abandoned spots and take a look at our list of
9 Creepy Ghosts Towns In Alaska You Should Visit At Your Own Risk.