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Ray Bell

Ray Bell

Ray Bell and his wife, Arlene, came to Alaska in 1968 by driving a school bus converted into a motor home from Grand Rapids, Michigan. As early pioneers in Alaska, the Bells have lived a land-based, subsistence lifestyle along the Yukon River. First, in a log house they built in Central, Alaska and then in a cabin at Woodchopper Creek, which included activity at Coal Creek and at Forty Mile (forty miles above Circle). Their son, Richard Smith, also has had a camp at Forty Mile.

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