The Historic Hike In Alaska That Will Take You Back In Time
In most recent news, the remote town of Nome is best recognized as the place where Iditarod finishers come storming across the finish line after crossing nearly 1000 miles of frozen terrain with their dog sled teams. But what many don’t realize is that this southern Seward Peninsula town is actually filled with rich history. Dating back to 1898 after gold was discovered at Anvil Creek, Nome became home to a major gold rush that left the population flourishing.
Although the area had a lot to offer, its extreme isolation made it nearly impossible for locals to communicate with the outside world. In fact, in Nome’s earliest years, it could (literally) take up to a year to get information from Nome to Washington D.C. Not to mention, the high cost to make a phone call from Nome to the ‘lower 48’ was out of this world. Thankfully, the Anvil Mountain White Alice Site changed the game for Nome residents and forever shaped the way that they would be able to connect with the outside world.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/
Not only is Anvil Mountain a great place to get a major dose of history at the White Alice Antennas Viewpoint, but it’s also a great place to watch the Northern Lights on a clear night. Just check out the YouTube video below for a short and sweet glimpse into what an Aurora Borealis show looks like in Nome.
Living and loving life in Alaska, Courtney enjoys living a happy life based on simple principles; work hard, be kind, stay humble. She is an avid dog lover with hobbies that include running, fly fishing, hiking & snowboarding.
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