Safety, Nome-Council Highway

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Safety Sound is a lagoon that extends for 9 miles (14.5 km) along Norton Sound, Alaska. This lagoon was surveyed and named "Port Safety" in 1899 by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.

The Safety Roadhouse is the last checkpoint on the Iditarod Sled Dog Trail before the finish in Nome. Back in the days when dog teams were an essential mode of transportation for supplies and people, roadhouses sprung up along trails about a one-day travel distance apart. The Safety Roadhouse is 22 miles (35 km) from Nome along the Nome-Council Highway.

The Nome-Council Highway runs for 72 miles (116 km) connecting the villages of Council and Nome. The road travels east from Nome, following the shore of the Bering Sea past Safety Sound until it reaches the ghost town of Solomon. From there, the route travels northeast through the interior of the Seward Peninsula before it terminates on the south bank of the Niukluk River, south of Council. The route is unpaved for its entire length and becomes impassable for automobiles in the winter outside of Nome. The portion of the road between Nome and Solomon is part of the Iditarod Trail and the highway passes several historic sites associated with the trail and the area's gold mining history. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Safety Sound.

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