There really is a place in Alaska from which you can see Russia.
It's the northwest corner of St. Lawrence Island, an hour's flight into the Bering Sea from the Nome airport.
Stand at the shore of the island village of Gambell. If, on a rare sunny day, you can look beyond the thousands of birds flying by, the sun will gleam on the snowy mountains near Provideniya.
The island is far closer to that Russian city than to the Alaskan mainland.
A book of Alaskan place names say
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