Bethel was first established by Yupik Eskimos who called the
village "MAMTERILLERMIUT," meaning "Smokehouse People,"
named for the nearby fish smokehouse. There were 41 people in Bethel
during the 1880 U.S. Census. At that time, it was an Alaska
Commercial Company Trading Post. The Moravian Church established a
mission in the area in 1884. The community was moved to its present
location due to erosion at the prior site. A post office was opened
in 1905. Before long, Bethel was serving as a trading,
transportation and distribution center for the region, which
attracted Natives from surrounding villages. Over time, federal and
state agencies established regional offices in Bethel. "
Bethel, one of the largest
communities in western Alaska, lies within the 20- million-acre
Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, the largest wildlife refuge in
the nation. Bethel serves as an administrative and transportation
hub for 56 villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.
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