Bettles

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Quick Facts
  • Location: 66 ° 55' 8" N, 151 ° 30' 58" W
  • Region: Yukon-Koyukuk (CA)
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  • Elevation: 627 ft (191.11 m)

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Located on the east bank of the Koyukuk River, at the north end of Bettles Airport, 0.8 km (0.5 mi) southwest of Evansville.

History
The community was originally located just downstream of the junction of John River and the Koyukuk River, 7.2 km (4.5 mi) west of its present location at 665425N1514059W. It was relocated to its present site after World War II, as the Alaska Gold Rush declined and use of the new airstrip increased. The community was incorporated in 1985 and was named for Gordon Bettles, a printer, prospector, and trader who established the original community in 1898.

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