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Carrie Mary McLain was born January 26, 1895 in Astoria, New York. She moved to Alaska about 1910 and taught school on the Seward Peninsula, primarily in Nome, Alaska for many years. She published two books: Gold Rush Nome and Pioneer Teacher. She died in the Palmer Pioneers Home on May 30, 1973, and was buried in Nome. The community museum in Nome is named in her honor.