A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Nome, Alaska

Nearby Census Genealogy
Cemeteries Tidbits &
Other AK

Introduction ...

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

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy).

When in Nome, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Nome and the surrounding area.

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...

    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Nome:
    • 64.499292, -165.40089
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Nome
  • Waymarking ...

    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit

Communities Also Named Nome ...

We have found two communities that share the name Nome.

Within Alaska, the name Nome is unique.

Beyond Alaska, we know of another two communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...

    • North Dakota

      • Barnes County

      • This Nome is located in Barnes County and lies 2,742 miles [4,412.8 km]<1> to the east.
      • Link to Google Map centered on Nome
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Barnes County community of Nome.
    • Texas

      • Jefferson County
      • This Nome is located in Jefferson County and lies 3,799 miles [6,113.9 km]<1> to the east.
      • Link to Google Map centered on Nome
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jefferson County community of Nome.

Curious and Interesting Names Near 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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

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    • Iron Creek

      • Iron Creek lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Nome
      • Link to Google Map centered on Iron Creek
    • Lees Camp

      • Lees Camp lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the east of Nome
      • Link to Google Map centered on Lees Camp
    • Port Safety

      • Port Safety lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the east of Nome
      • Link to Google Map centered on Port Safety
    • Salmon Lake

      • Salmon Lake lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the north of Nome
      • Link to Google Map centered on Salmon Lake

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 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.

  • View Our List ...

    • Ada Blackjack Johnson     (Explorer)

How Far From 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 city such as Nome to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

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    • Juneau, which is the State Capital of Alaska, lies 1,095 miles [1,762.2 km]<1> to the east (E). If you could drive a straight line from Nome to Juneau, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km]<1> per hour, it would take over two days to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km]<1> per hour would take 63 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km]<1> per hour would take 43 days.

    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 3,784 miles [6,089.8 km]<1> 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<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,687 miles [9,152.3 km]<1> and it lies to the north northwest (NNW).<5>

    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,344 miles [10,209.7 km]<1> and it lies to the north northwest (NNW).<6>

    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,081 miles [8,177.1 km]<1> and it lies to the north (N).<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alaska

About Alaska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Nome:

The official website for State of Alaska:

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Nome) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Nome. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Nome

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nome. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 64.4993, Longitude: -165.4009     [Map].
<2>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:
<3>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.
<4>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 Nome to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 17.595 degrees.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 23.389 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 358.335 degrees.






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