in the Bethel Census Area
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Geography and Climate
- Georgetown is located on the north bank of the upper Kuskokwim River in the Kilbuck-Kuskokwim mountains. It is east of the mouth of the George River, 16 miles northwest of Red Devil.
- Georgetown has a continental climate with temperatures ranging between -59 to 94 °F. Precipitation averages 17 inches annually, with snowfall of 80 inches. The Kuskokwim is ice-free from mid-June through October.
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History and Culture
- The middle Kuskokwim area first experienced contact with Europeans when the Russian explorer Zagoskin sailed upriver to McGrath in 1844. At that time, Georgetown was known as Keledzhichagat, a summer fish camp for residents of Kwigiumpainukamiut. Gold was found along the George River in 1909. This mining settlement and the river were named for three traders: George Hoffman, George Fredericks, and George Morgan. By 1910, about 300 prospectors were living on the west side of the George River. About 200 cabins had been built, when a fire swept through the settlement in 1911, destroying all but 25 cabins. Also saved were the two general stores in town -- the Kuskokwim Commercial Company and the Northern Commercial Company. By 1953, the only large structure that remained at the site was the two-story log house belonging to George Fredericks. In the 1950s, the present settlement, on the east side of the George River, began to develop. A state school was established in 1965 and remained until 1970.
- Georgetown residents are Yup'ik Eskimos, Dena'ina Athabascans and Deg Hit?an and depend upon a subsistence lifestyle.
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- Georgetown is no longer populated and is accessible by river. In prior years it was used as a summer fish camp.
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