The History of Goodnews Bay

The community is located on the north shore of Goodnews Bay at the mouth of Goodnews River. It is 116 air miles south of Bethel, 110 miles northwest of Dillingham and 400 miles west of Anchorage. It lies at approximately 59 07' N Latitude, 161 35' W Longitude (Sec. 21, T012S, R073W, Seward Meridian). The community is located in the Bethel Recording District. The area encompasses 3 sq. miles of land and 2 sq. miles of water.

Yup'ik Eskimos called this village "Mumtraq," which was moved to its present location due to constant flooding and storms at the old site. Shortly thereafter, in the 1930s, a government school and post office were built. A high school was built in 1979.


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History and map graphic used with permission from the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development