Nome’s gold rush beginnings made certain that the name of this town on the far edge of the U.S. territories, was known all over the world. It attracted thousands of miners, speculators, business folk, explorers, soldiers, clergy, doctors, journalists and explorers, along with spouses and children.
Especially during its early years, Nome had brushes with a surprising number of famous people. Some of them gained fame while in Nome. Others were well known before they got here. You’ll recognize some names. Others have faded with the passage of time, as their exploits fall further and further into the past.