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The location of Cape Nome









Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Cape Nome.

This page contains three sections:

How Far From Cape Nome to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Cape Nome to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Cape Nome and extending to:

  • Juneau [Map], which is the State Capital of Alaska, lies 1,082 miles [1,741.3 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Cape Nome to Juneau, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take over two days to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 62 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 43 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 3,772 miles [6,070.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take 8 days, a buggy would take 148 days and walking would take 215 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,693 miles [9,162 km] and it lies to the North Northwest (NNW).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,352 miles [10,222.6 km] and it lies to the North Northwest (NNW).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,083 miles [8,180.3 km] and it lies to the North (N).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Cape Nome ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Bluff   -   36 miles [57.9 km] to the East of Cape Nome   [Map]

Council   -   48 miles [77.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Iron Creek   -   35 miles [56.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Lees Camp   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Port Safety   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Salmon Lake   -   30 miles [48.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Cape Nome. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Ada Blackjack Johnson     (Born as Ada Blackjack Delutuk)

Explorer. She was born in Solomon (Alaska) on Tueday May 10, 1898 and died in Anchorage (Alaska) on Sunday May 29, 1983 at an age of 85. She was buried at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery (Anchorage Municipality, Alaska) [Map].

Solomon [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the northeast of Cape Nome

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ada Blackjack Johnson<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Cape Nome. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Alaska: alaska.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Cape Nome) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cape Nome. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 64.4639, Longitude: -164.9594     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cape Nome have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Cape Nome to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 17.219 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 22.985 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 357.993 degrees.

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<7>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.

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