Kwethluk

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Quick Facts
  • Location: 60 ° 48' 44" N, 161 ° 26' 9" W
  • Region: Bethel (CA)
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  • Elevation: 13 ft (3.96 m)

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About
population 325, on left bank of Kwethluk River, E of its junction with Kuskokuak Slough, 11 mi. E of Bethel, Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

History
Eskimo village mentioned by Eakin (1914, pl. 1), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), who spelled it "Kwiklak." The spelling evolved to "Quithlook" in 1923 and to "Kwethluk" in 1938. Its population was 186 in 1939 and 242 in 1950. The Kwethluk post office was established in 1947 (Ricks, 1965, p. 38). This may be the same village reported in 1879 by E. W. Nelson, U.S. Signal Service, as "Kuilkhlogamute," or "Kuilkhlok people." In the 1880 U.S. Census, Ivan Petroff used Nelson's spelling on his map but spelled it "Kuljkhlugamute" in the text. In 1880, the population of the village was 75. Kwethluk was incorporated as a city on May 9, l975.

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