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Nome, Alaska
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    (April 9, 1901- )
    City in Alaska
    Located on the south coast of the Seward Peninsula (part of the Bering Sea)
    3 Swedish prospectors discovered gold in 1898 on Anvil Creek, leading to a gold rush in what was to become Anvil City, later renamed Nome when it was officially established as a city
    Alaska's oldest continuous first class city
    Its name comes from a spelling error from the 1850's. When a British ship's officer saw a map of Alaska with a nearby prominent point unidentified, he wrote '? Name' next to the point. A draftsman recopied the map and thought that the '?' was a 'C' and that the 'a' in 'Name' was an 'o,' so a map-maker in the British naval authority christened it 'Cape Nome.'
    By comparison, in the winter, it makes International Falls, MN, seem like Miami, FL.
    Its city and official website's motto is 'THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE NOME.'
    Alaska's reindeer industry is centered in the vicinity (reindeer industry?).
    Trees are few and far between.
    There are almost 300 miles of roads, yet one cannot drive to get there.
    Very little of its gold rush architecture remains due to fires (1905 & 1934) and intense storms (1900, 1913, 1945 & 1974).
    Its shortest day, the first day of winter (December 21) has just 3 hours, 54 minutes of daylight.
    Some of the annual events held there are the 'Miners & Mushers Ball,' the 'Bering Sea Ice Golf Classic,' the 'Stroke & Croak Mini Triathlon,' the 'Bering Sea Polar Bear Swim,' the 'Bathtub Race' and the 'Anvil Mountain 59 Minute 37 Second Challenge.'
    It welcomes over 20,000 tourists each year for whatever a tourist might care to do there (besides comment on how cold it is).
    It's rich with history and culture of Eskimos, Indians and Aleuts.
    It's 160 miles from Russia and just a one hour flight to its sister city Provideniya. Thousands of Americans and Russians take the tour each year, flying across the international dateline into either tomorrow or yesterday - depending on the plane's direction.
    It is the end point of the annual 1049-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage held in March, where teams cross the finish line and dogs gather for a collective 'WHEEEEEEEEWWWW!!'
    Its visitor center's webcam updates every 60 seconds (in case you miss a few snowflakes).
    Its longest day, the first day of summer (June 21) has 21 hours, 39 minutes of daylight.
    People can enter the Iditaswim. If they can swim 1049 laps (one for each mile of the Iditarod Trail) in 3 months time they receive a commemorative T-shirt and certificate (yes, it's an INDOOR pool).
    Its name has nothing to do with 'silent G' gnomes, like that irritating one in those Travelocity commercials.

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