Ketchikan, Alaska

Posted 7 September, 2007 by Trish in Travel / 4 Comments

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Unfortunately we only spent a few hours in Ketchikan, but once again the town is pretty compact so we made our way around on foot. We were warned that it would rain in Ketchikan, so we were prepared with rainsuits. When we got off the ship, though, it wasn’t raining!! It was overcast outside…which we were growing pretty accustomed to, but yeah!! No Rain!!

The first place we headed for in Ketchikan was Creek Street. Ketchikan was sort of the entry point for travelers to Alaska – whether they were prospectors headed for the Yukon or just settlers or hunters. Ketchikan is known mostly for its logging industry. Anyway, Creek Street was the part of town where gentlemen of a certain nature could go to whet his whistle among other things. Many of the bordellos and saloons are now converted into cute little shops.

After we saw Creek Street, there really wasn’t a whole lot to do, so we went to the Ketchikan museum. After paying our $2.00 entry, we saw some great artifacts from the early days in Ketchikan. That’s pretty much all there is to say about Ketchikan! We headed back to the cruise ship and strolled through some shops along the way. If we had more time, I would have really liked to have gone to Saxman Village a few miles out where the Tlingit natives have a tribe house and totem poles. We did see many totems in the town, but they were all reproductions. I also really wanted to see the lumberjack show because it sounded like they were having a lot of fun in the arena, but oh well! I think out of the towns we have visited so far, Ketchikan is the most picturesque–set into the mountains with beautiful trees–and the flowers everywhere! I can’t wait for Victoria tomorrow.

4 Responses to “Ketchikan, Alaska”

  1. Anonymous

    We are pleased you enjoyed your visit to Ketchikan however you might want to understand that there are many original totem poles in Ketchikan, also there are some that have been restored and a few that have been replaced by local natives when the old cedar logs have deteriorated

  2. Thanks for your comment. I do understand that there are some original totems, but we did not see any. I believe we saw maybe three total and they were all reproductions. I wish we were able to see some of the more original ones, but we didn’t have the time (either that or the plaques in front of the totems we saw were not accurate!).

  3. *Steph – Loved Ketchikan but we didn’t have a lot of time there…I think our favorite was Juneau but we had such a beautiful day there!