Solomon, Alaska

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Solomon, Alaska

Aaŋuutaq
Former mining camp
CountryUnited States
StateAlaska
Census AreaNome Census Area
Government
 • State senatorDonald Olson (D)
 • State rep.Neal Foster (D)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total0
A picture of the airport at Solomon, Alaska.
August 1981 aerial view shows the Nome-Council Highway winding around Solomon Airport and houses in the community.

Solomon (Inupiaq: Aaŋuutaq) is[clarification needed] an unincorporated community in the Nome Census Area of the Unorganized Borough of Alaska. As of the 2010 census, the population was zero (uninhabited), down from four in 2000.

The Solomon State Field Airport is located near Solomon. The elevation is 23 feet (7.0 m). The nearest town is Nome, Alaska.[1]

History[edit]

Solomon was originally settled by the Fish River tribe.[2] It became a mining camp and then a town in the early 1900s. The first post office was established in 1900 under the direction of Postmaster Otto Weihe, an 1899 graduate of the California College of Pharmacy.[3] In 1913, the railroad was destroyed{[clarification needed|How was it destroyed?}} and in 1918 the worldwide influenza epidemic struck Solomon.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1940106
195093−12.3%
19804
1990650.0%
20004−33.3%
20100−100.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

Solomon first appeared on the 1940 U.S. Census as an unincorporated village. It returned again in 1950, but would not appear afterwards until 1980, when it was designated an Alaskan Native Village Statistical Area (ANVSA). It was reported as uninhabited in 2010.[clarification needed]

Area information[edit]

The school district is the Bering Strait School District in Unalakleet, Alaska. There is no running water in Solomon; the residents[clarification needed] haul water from the Solomon River. The former settlement of Dickson was directly across the river[clarification needed] on its eastern shore.

Solomon is 30 miles (48 km) east of Nome. The Nome/Council Road goes through Solomon and is the only street. The Solomon State Field Airport is a gravel airstrip that runs charter flights from Nome.

There is a single bed and breakfast in Solomon. It operates during the summer and is used heavily by government survey crews.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Solomon - Searchable Map, Aerial Photos & Driving Directions". alaska.hometownlocator. Retrieved August 10, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "The Native Village of Solomon: History". History. Solomon Traditional Council. Retrieved August 10, 2012.
  3. ^ Official Register of the United States, Vol. 2
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  5. ^ solomonbnb.com

Coordinates: 64°33′39″N 164°26′21″W / 64.56083°N 164.43917°W / 64.56083; -164.43917