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A Beautiful Day in Ketchikan

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A September 2001 trip to Ketchikan by Linda Kaye

Creek Street Photo, Ketchikan, Alaska More Photos
Quote: Ketchikan is a unique and beautiful city on the Inside Passage of Alaska. It was born out of the fishing and mining industries and remains rich in its Indian heritage.

A Beautiful Day in Ketchikan

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Overview

More City Decroations Photo, Ketchikan, Alaska
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Ketchikan, Alaska’s fourth largest city, is on the waterfront, with much of its 3-mile long business district suspended above the water on pilings driven into the bottom on Tongass Narrows. It clings to the steep wooded hillside and has many homes perched on cliffs that can only be reached by climbing long wooden staircases or narrow winding streets. The Waterfront, the center of the city, consists of docks, stores, seaplane floats and three boat harbors. Ketchikan supports four public grade schools, four parochial grade schools, a junior high, two high schools and the University of Alaska Southeast campus. Also it has nine hotels/motels, numerous Bed & Breakfast establishments, five c...Read More

Creek Street

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Attraction

Creek Street Photo, Ketchikan, Alaska
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Creek Street, a wooden street on piling high above the creek beginning just past the bridge on Stedman Street, was once a famous red-light district. It is comprised of about 20 restored houses that are now shops and local art studios. This includes Dolly’s House, a former brothel. Dolly’s House has been restored as a small museum offering a look into the life and times of the Legendary Big Dolly Arthur, the best-known madame in Ketchikan. Other colorful characters, Black Mary and Frenchie also plied their trade for over half of century until 1954. There is a small admission fee. From the Bridge on Creek Street we watched the salmon swimming upstream. It was an incredible site, literally tho...Read More

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Creek Street
Creek Street
Ketchikan, Alaska

Saxman Native Village

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Attraction | "Saxman Totem Park"

Saxman Native Village Photo, Ketchikan, Alaska
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The Saxman Totem Park was part of our tour and our mini-van guide, a native of Ketchikan, had many interesting stories he shared with us. After touring the town, we drove to the Saxon Totem Park. The Park is open year round and there is no admission charge, but there is a fee for a guided tour, which includes demonstrations at the Carving Center and performances by the Cape Fox Dancers at the Beaver Tribal House. It has a total of 26 totems. Most have not been restored in many years and the colors were very faded but they are still fascinating. In this Native community, tribal elders and others have worked hard to pass on many of the traditions of their ancestors to new generations, and we ...Read More

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Saxman Native Village

Ketchikan, Alaska

Fishing

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Attraction | "Fishing Anyone ?"

Fishing Photo, Ketchikan, Alaska
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One of our traveling companions, a die-hard fisherman, decided to forego the totem tours with us and opted to GO FISHING. He found a place on the waterfront where he could rent equipment and buy bait, and for several hours, he did what he loved to do- FISH. And the fishing was wonderful. He caught a total of 17 beautiful silver salmon. Being a true sportsman, he used the catch and release method. Of course, we accused him of catching the same fish seventeen times. Cost of this priceless fishing experience, including all equipment and bate was $ 12.00 per hour. There are also many sport fishing expeditions available in the waters surrounding Ketchikan. These tours are usually 4 to 5 hours ...Read More

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Fishing
Tongass Narrows Dock
Ketchikan, Alaska

A City of Many Titles

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Story/Tip

Ketchikan, Alaska Photo, Ketchikan, Alaska
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Ketchikan: Alaska’s fourth largest city is located on Revillagigedo Island, 235 miles south of Juneau and 90 miles north of Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Ketchikan derived its name from a Tlingit Language and there is a long-standing controversy as to it’s meaning. One translation is "the creek of the thundering wings of an eagle". Another is "eagles with spread out wings". The creek flows through the town emptying into the Tongass Narrows and was originally an Indian fishing camp. Settlement of Ketchikan began with interest in mining and fishing with the first salmon cannery opening in 1886. Gold, silver and copper mining created a booming mining town when gold was discover...Read More