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in Ketchikan, Alaska
May 25, 2004

City of Ketchikan banner
Alaska map  with  location of Ketchikan
Ketchikan postcard

Ketchikan is the state's southeastern most major settlement. The downtown area is a National Historic District. It is the 5th-most populous city in the state, and 10th-most populous community. Ketchikan is named after Ketchikan Creek which flows through the town, emptying into the Tongass Narrows, a short distance southeast. The name Ketchikan comes from the Tlingit name for the creek, Kitschk-hin  but the meaning is not known. Ketchikan served as a summer fish camp for Tlingit natives before the town was established in 1885. There are 32 miles of roads in Ketchikan.

first look at Ketchikan
first look at Ketchikan

There are 8 hotels/motels (380 rooms), 20 bed and breakfasts, one youth hostel, 23 dining establishments and shopping in downtown's Plaza Mall with all conveniences, groceries and supplies. Of course cruise ship passengers do not need most of these accommodations and are only here for a few hours.

first look at Ketchikan
Ketchikan
first look at Ketchikan

Ketchikan waterfront - Creek Street, bordering Ketchikan Creek which winds through the heart of downtown.

Creek Street
Creek Street

Below: Views behind the buildings

Creek behind the buildings
Creek behind the buildings
hotel on Creek Street
Dollys House Museum and other buildings

Below: Creek Street was a significant red-light district until the passage of the Anti-crib Laws in the early 1950s. The former brothels are now restaurants and shops. Dolly's House Museum (shown below) was once the home of Madam Dolly Arthur and is open for tours.

Dollys House Museum
Dollys House Museum
Dollys House Museum

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