Thomas Basin and Viewing Platform

The Ketchikan Creek mouth was a broad tidal flat that served until the 1920s as a baseball field; local teams and those from Southeast Alaska and Canada lined out a diamond at low tide. In 1 922, a small seaplane taxied onto the silt with pioneer pilot Roy Jones, first to fly from Seattle to Ketchikan non-stop.The Corps of Engineers dredged the creek mouth in the 1930s to create a harbor. Historic businesses and residences still face the basin. Stedman-Thomas Association used state funding for the harbor side platform. A Historic Ketchikan Inc. kiosk has information on Ketchikan's fishing industry. The waterfront promenade extends out the breakwater for a spectacular look at Deer Mountain,the harbor and downtown. On Stedman Street nearby is a privately commissioned totem pole carved by Haida artist Warren Peele; it depicts three watchmen, an eagle, a raven and a man with a talking stick.

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Latitude: 55.340007
Longitude: -131.639989
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