Information About

Solomon

Quick Facts

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Location

64 ° 33' 39" N,
164 ° 26' 21" W

Region

Nome (CA)

Elevation

23 ft (7.01 m)

Uses

Solomon in Detail.

About

Population 12 in 1958. Located on the west bank of the Solomon River, 1.6 km (1 mi) north of Norton Sound and 48 km (30 mi) east of Nome, Seward Peninsula highlands.

History

Established as a mining camp in the summer of 1900 at the height of the Nome gold rush (Brooks, 1901, p. 66). The name "Erok" was shown here on the 1900 "Map of Nome Peninsula" by J. M. Davidson and B. D. Blakeslee. A post office was established here in 1900, discontinued in 1925, reestablished in 1928, and finally discontinued in 1956 (Ricks, 1965, p. 60). In 1965 Balcom (p. 30) noted: "there was one Alaska Native Service school here. There are still a few white families mining in the area but most of the Eskimos have moved to more prosperous towns to find employment."