Wales is located on Cape Prince of Wales, at the western tip of the Seward Peninsula, 111 miles northwest of Nome. A burial mound of the “Birnirk” culture (500 A.D. to 900 A.D.) was discovered near Wales and is now a national landmark. In 1827 the Russian Navy reported the Eskimo villages of “Eidamoo” near the coast and “King-a-ghe” further inland. In 1890, the American Missionary Association established a mission here, and in 1894 a reindeer station was organized. A post office was established in 1902. Wales became a major whaling center due to its location along migratory routes, and it was the region’s largest and most prosperous village, with more than 500 residents. The influenza epidemic in 1918-19 claimed the lives of many of Wales’ finest whalers. The City government was incorporated in 1964.
Wales on a sunny, winter day
Looking out of a power plant door in winter – a path has to
be shoveled through the drifting snow in order to access the module
Power plant in summer