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Nome boomed when gold was discovered by who are now called the “three lucky Swedes” at Anvil Creek in 1898, and then the following year on its beaches. After that, people stampeded to the area and Nome’s population grew to 28,000. Today, Nome’s population is about 3,500 and there is still some gold mining work in the area.

Nome tour companies offer a variety of gold panning experiences. Try gold panning in a local creek and visit historical buildings and cabins. Touring the town, many artifacts of the Gold Rush can be seen everywhere, including abandoned dredges, steam engines, old mining claims and more. Take a picture with the largest gold pan in the United States before heading to the beach.

Visitors can spend hours beachcombing near Nome and discover gold mining equipment on the beach or in shallow waters. Some of it is still in use today!


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Visitors gather in Nome as mushers in the Last Great Race cross the finish line.

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