I was in Nome again for a bit, and just before I flew back, I took a bit of a hike.
I was looking for a specific place. My directions invoked an old trail, a creek bed, and a line of willows.
I saw some cool stuff, found the creek bed, and located the willows:
Here is the location I was looking for:
Not very remarkable until you wade into the willows:
And then I was there:
This was a place I have been meaning to visit for a long time. Who can guess what significance this building has? Post a comment below if you have an idea. We’ll do something cool for whoever guesses first!
First hint: We will narrow the geographical possibilities. The site is in Western Alaska in the area near Nome.
Here is another hint:
The ruins are the remains of a framed wooden building (normal in the area due to lack of trees for cabins), just up the hill from a creek. The lumber would have been shipped in, mostly, though some of the framing timber may have been cut by local sawmills from driftwood logs.
The willows are now grown up around the remains of the building so that no trace of it can be seen from outside the willows. Surrounding the building on three sides, but especially on the uphill side where there was a side door and behind the building are huge mounds that are covered with moss and willows. They look like they could be just part of the hillside. When you walk on these mounds, though, you will hear the crunch of glass under the moss. These mounds are formed from thousands of bottles. Scattered around are old tins, stove parts, shovels with the handles rotted away, steel wash basins and tubs, cigar tins, broken china, etc.
It is the kind of place where you can feel the history . . .