A few miles down the Bering Sea from Nome lies a vivid memory of her Gold Rush journey from boom to bust. Scattered across the Tundra is a graveyard of locomotive engines that the locals call the "Last Train to Nowhere."
The trains were built from 1881 to 1886 and were retired engines from the New York Elevated rail system. They arrived in Nome by Steamer in 1903 and were intended for a railway to connect newly sprouted gold mining camps. But as the gold rush faded debts crushed the fledgling railroad and construction soon came to a halt. Today the rusted locomotives lean heavily in the tundra just a few yards from the icy Bering Sea. If you lean into the wind at just the right time you can almost hear the train's whistle cutting through the air.