Nome, Norton Sound

Nome was first settled in the summer of 1898 when the "Three Lucky Swedes" discovered gold on Anvil Creek. News of the discovery reached the outside world that winter and by 1899, Nome had a population of 10,000. Gold is still important to the local economy. In the winter of 1925, Nome was the destination of the famous Great Race of Mercy, in which dog sleds had an important role in transporting diphtheria serum through harsh conditions. The sled driver of the final leg of the relay was the Norwegian-born Gunnar Kaasen and his lead sled dog was Balto. A statue of Balto now stands near the zoo in Central Park, New York City. In 1973, Nome became the end point of the 1049+ mi (1600+ km) Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Nome and the Norton Sound coast.