Located on the north banks of the Yukon River, Beaver was originally settled by gold miners around the turn of the century. In 1910 the first store was opened in Beaver, the end point on the Yukon for gold prospectors heading further north. Beaver's post office was founded in 1913, allowing its residents to communicate with the outside world.

The village's economy is centered around subsistence, but many have part-time employment at the post office, school, or stores. Many also find employment in seasonal work such as fire fighting, chopping firewood, construction and trapping. The village is provided with supplies by a state-owned plane in the winter, and by barge in the summer.

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Map of Beaver
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