Huslia

Contact Us

Phone: (907) 829-2294
Fax: (907) 829-2214

Address:
P.O. Box 70
Huslia, AK 99746

Health Clinic: (907) 829-2204
Fax: (907) 829-2203

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

Pronounced (HOOS-lee-uh)

Current Population 315
(2012 Alaska Department of Labor Estimate)
Community’s Senate District T
Community’s House District 39
Community’s Judicial District 4

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Location

Huslia is located on the north bank of the Koyukuk River, about 170 river miles northwest of Galena and 290 air miles west of Fairbanks. It lies within the Koyukuk National Wildlife Refuge.

Climate

The area has a cold, continental climate with extreme temperature differences. The average daily maximum temperature is 72 °F during July; the average minimum is below 0 °F during January. Record temperatures have been recorded from -65 to above 90 °F. The annual precipitation averages 13 inches, with 70 inches of snowfall. The Koyukuk River is ice-free from May through September.

History

The Koyukon Athabascans lived between the south fork of the Koyukuk River and the Kateel River. They had spring, summer, fall, and winter camps and moved as the wild game migrated. In the summer, many families would float on a raft to the Yukon to fish for salmon. The Koyukon often traded with the Kobuk River Eskimos.

By 1843, Russian explorers had made contact with Athabascans approximately 50 miles downriver from the current site. The Western Union Telegraph Company explored the river around 1867, and missionary activity increased after 1870. Cutoff Trading Post (also called Old Town) was established in the 1920s about 4 miles overland or 16 river miles from modern Huslia. In 1949, the community moved to the present site, because Cutoff flooded frequently, and the ground was swampy.

Huslia (originally spelled Huslee) was named after a local stream. Huslia had been used as a burial site since 1886, but, by the time of the move, most of the old cemetery had been destroyed by erosion. In 1950, the first school was established, followed by a post office, airport, and road construction in 1952. At this time, families began to live year-round at Huslia. In 1960, a health clinic was constructed, and, in 1963, 29 individual hand-pumped water wells were installed. The city government was incorporated in 1969. Running water and indoor plumbing arrived in 1974.

Culture

Huslia is an Athabascan village, and most residents are related by birth or marriage. Subsistence lifestyle is prevalent and important.

More Contact Info

    • City of Huslia
      • P.O. Box 10
        Huslia, AK 99746
      • 907-829-2266
    • Huslia Village
      • P.O. Box 70
        Huslia, AK 99746
      • 907-829-2294

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