Introduction to Bethel, Alaska
Bethel, Alaska, in Bethel county, is 438 miles W of Anchorage, Alaska.
Bethel was originally a Yup’ik village called Mumtrekhlogamute. It meant 'smokehouse people' and was named after a nearby fish smokehouse. During the late 1800's, the city was a trading post for the Alaska Commercial Company. Under Rev. John Henry Kilbuck, the Moravian Church established a mission in the area in 1885. In 1905, a United States post office was opened in the City of Bethel.
Bethel and nearby Attractions
- Kuskokwim Consortium Library
- Arthur Dall Lake
- Hangar Lake
- Yup'iit Piciryarait Cultural Center
- Pinky's Park
Things To Do In Bethel
The city of Bethel is near the Yup'iit Piciryarait Cultural Center which preserves and celebrates the Yup'ik culture. This cultural center has an auditorium and a library. While in the city, one can also visit the Kuskokwim Consortium Library. Pinky's Park has a baseball field, boardwalk, playground, and basketball court. You can also visit Arthur Dall Lake and Hangar Lake.
The Bethel Airport provides opportunities for air transportation.
Bethel Higher Education
Higher educational facilities are available from the University of Alaska Anchorage, Hawaii Pacific University, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and University of Hawaii at Manoa.