Next Level Recycling

Notice of building move today at 4pm: Q Trucking Company will be moving a 26’ wide single-story home… Due to its significant size, we ask that you yield to the pilot cars and the load itself should you come upon us during our travels, and move off the roadway until it is safe to pass.

This is from a public service announcement recently heard on KNOM. In Nome, where lumber can be hard to find and afford, houses are often re-used. Still, it’s not every day a whole house moves down the street!

KNOM is no stranger to this custom. In fact, the second floor of KNOM’s first station building is now a home in the Icy View “suburb” of Nome.

Image at top: The first KNOM radio station building. The second floor is today part of a family home in Nome. Photo taken by Bro. Norman Berger, FIC, in the early 1980s.


  1. Les Brown (KNOM 1972-73) on December 4, 2020 at 9:03 am

    The upper floor was cut away when it was found the building was too tall to make it under the utility wires along the way. The roof was kept and adapted to fit the lower building.

    The building that housed St. Joseph Church before the new one was built was sold BY THE FOOT and chain-sawed into sections for separate buyers. One of the “towers” was sold with a 40-foot section of the church to become a residence on 4th Avenue in Nome. The other “tower” became a garden shed at Safety Lagoon.

    The former Volunteer House (then called “The Community House”) was also sold in sections with some becoming residences in Nome and another a remote cabin near Feather River.

    A former building used as a rectory for a then co-pastor and a larger section at one time used as “overflow” volunteer housing also was moved to Icy View.

    The original KNOM AM transmitter building, decrepit as it was, was moved to a site on The Kougarok Road just beyond Pilgrim Hot Springs cutoff and became a seasonal cabin.

    The asbestos-lined original generator building from the transmitter site went to Banner Creek where it became a workshop.

  2. Les Brown (KNOM 1972-73) on December 4, 2020 at 9:08 am

    Small additions:

    The building once used as the women’s dormitory was not moved though that had been the plan. It was originally a military cold storage “locker” insulated with sawdust. The sawdust had settled and become waterlogged rotting away the studs of the exterior walls. When the interior walls were being removed the building collapsed sideways

    The “White House” on Stedman streat that was variously used as a rectory and briefly for volunteer housing was sold and moved a few feet to the South where it remains in residential use today.