Evansville

Contact Us

Phone: (907) 692-5005
Fax: (907) 692-5006

Address:
P.O. Box 26087
Bettles Field, AK 99726

Health Clinic: (907) 692-5035

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

Quick Facts

Current Population 5

(2012 Alaska Department of Labor Estimate)
Community’s Senate District T
Community’s House District 39
Community’s Judicial District 4

Latitude: 66.9249
Longitude: -151.5061

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Location

Evansville is located about 180 air miles and 250 road miles northwest of Fairbanks, adjacent to Bettles.

Climate

The area experiences a cold, continental climate with extreme temperature differences. The average high temperature during July is 70 °F; the average low during January is well below 0 °F. Extended periods of -40 °F are common. The highest temperature ever recorded was 93 °F; the lowest was -70 °F. Average annual precipitation is 13.4 inches, with 77 inches of snowfall.

History

Several Native groups have lived in the area, including Koyukon Athabascans and Kobuk, Selawik, and Nunamiut Eskimos from the north and northwest. The Koyukon lived in several camps throughout the year, moving as the seasons changed, following the wild game and fish.

Evansville was named for Wilford Evans, Sr., who owned a trading post and river barge business in Allakaket. Evans opened a sawmill at the present site of Evansville and built the Bettles Lodge and General Store.

In 1948, the FAA constructed an airfield and communications installation at Bettles Field, adjacent to Evansville. The U.S. Navy used these facilities as a support base for exploring National Petroleum Reserve 4. Work opportunities at Bettles Field attracted both Natives and whites to the new airfield.

A post office was established at the Bettles Lodge in 1950. A school was constructed in 1956. A health clinic opened in 1980. The school was closed in the 2002-03 school year due to low enrollment.

Culture

The population of Evansville is a mixture of Athabascans and Inupiat Eskimos. Residents of nearby Bettles are primarily non-Native.

More Contact Info

  • Evansville Village
  • Evansville, Incorporated
    • P.O.Box 60670
      Fairbanks, AK 99706
    • 907-374-7084

Community profile data provided by the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.