Aerial view of the harbor in Nome
Location of Nome, Alaska
|• Total||21.6 sq mi (55.9 km2)|
|• Land||12.5 sq mi (32.5 km2)|
|• Water||9.1 sq mi (23.5 km2)|
|Elevation||20 ft (6 m)|
|• Density||279.7/sq mi (108.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)|
|• Summer (DST)||AKDT (UTC-8)|
|GNIS feature ID||1407125|
In the winter of 1925, there was a diphtheria epidemic among Inuit in the Nome area. Blizzard conditions made delivery of a life-saving serum by airplane from Anchorage impossible. A serum run to Nome by dog sled teams delivered the serum. The sled driver of the final leg of the relay was the Norwegian-born Gunnar Kaasen; his lead sled dog was Balto. The annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race commemorates this historic event.
Nome is home to Alaska's oldest newspaper, the Nome Nugget.
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