The main economic

The main economic activities along the river have historically been the leather trade and fishing. Subsistence fisheries of Pacific salmon provides some amount of the Eskimo diet along river. The discovery of gold along the upper reaches of the river in 1898 led to a Oro Fever” at the beginning of the twentieth century.
The first leg of the Iditarod Route” linking the peninsula from Seward to Nome through Iditarod, crossing the upper reaches of the river up to the town of McGrath.

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