The village was first reported in 1844 by Lt. L.A. Zagoskin of the Russian Navy as the Eskimo village or camp "Aunguamut." In 1897, the North American Transportation & Trading Company established a supply post and riverboat landing here. The village was named for Charles H. Hamilton, assistant manager of the company. It has also been known as Fort Hamilton and Old Hamilton.
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