Location 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. The community lies at approximately 61.923381 degrees North Latitude and -157.619840 degrees West Longitude. (Sec. 18, T021N, R046W, Seward Meridian.) Georgetown is located in the Kuskokwim Recording District. The area encompasses 24.5 square miles of land and 0.0 square miles of water. Georgetown has a continental climate with temperatures ranging between -59 to 94. Precipitation amounts to 17 inches annually, with snowfall of 80 inches. The Kuskokwim is ice-free from mid-June through October.
History, Culture and Demographics
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. A federally recognized tribe is located in the community, known as the Native Village of Georgetown. There is currently no residential population. Georgetown’s past residents have ties to Yup’ik Native Alaskans and Tanaina Athabascans, and depend on a subsistence way of life. During the 2000 U.S. Census, total housing units numbered 4, and vacant housing units numbered 2. U.S.
Facilities, Utilities, Schools and Health Care
There are no public facilities and no central electric system. Of the four existing homes, two have wells. Outhouses are used for sewage. Electricity is provided by individual generators. There are no state operated schools located in the community. The nearest hospital or health clinic is Clara Morgan Sub-Regional Clinic (675-4556) in Aniak.
Current Population: 2 (2017 Department of Labor Estimates)
Incorporation Type: Unincorporated
Borough Located In: Unorganized
Taxes: No Taxing Authority
Native Village of Georgetown
5313 Arctic Blvd, Suite 104
Anchorage, AK 99518