Golovin Village, Norton Sound

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Golovin is a small community on a point of land between Golovnin Bay and Golovnin Lagoon, 52 air miles (84 km) east of Safety, on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska. In 1842 this was reported as a native village called "Ikalikhvig-myut" by Lieutenant L. A. Zagoskin, of the Imperial Russian Navy. The area receives its name from Russian Vice-Admiral Vasily Mikhailovich Golovnin. The town name is misspelled while the bay and lagoon retain the correct spelling.

About 1890, an employee of the neary Omalik mines named John Dexter married a native woman and established a trading post here. Dexter became the local authority for prospecting information on the Seward Peninsula. With the discovery of gold in 1898, Golovin became a supply-relay point for the Council goldfields to the north. In 1899, the Golovin Post Office was established south of here, probably at Golovin Mission, but it was discontinued in 1904. John Dexter was listed as postmaster. By this time the name "Golovin," derived from Golovnin Bay and Lagoon, has become well established with only one "n."

Today the village of Golovin is an important checkpoint on the Iditarod Sled Dog Trail and about 65 miles (105 km) from the finish in Nome. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Golovin.

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