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Solomon, Alaska

Aaŋuutaq
Former mining camp
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Nome Census Area
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 0
Solomon Airport photo
August 1981 aerial view shows the Nome-Council Highway winding around Solomon Airport and houses in the community.

Solomon (Inupiaq: Aaŋuutaq) is 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.

History

Solomon was originally settled by the Fish River tribe. 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, 1899 graduate of the California College of Pharmacy. In 1913, the railroad was destroyed and in 1918 a flu began.

Area information

The school district is Bering Strait School District in Unalakleet, Alaska. There is no running water in Solomon; the residents haul water from the Solomon River. The former settlement of Dickson was directly across the river 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 operating in summer which is used heavily by government survey crews.


Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 106
1950 93 −12.3%
1980 4
1990 6 50.0%
2000 4 −33.3%
2010 0 −100.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

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). Though reported as uninhabited in 2010, it has a number of private seasonal cabins.

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