Visit the visitor information center on the dock for information on visitor related activities and facilities around Ketchikan. Beside the building are a Historic Ketchikan Inc.history kiosk and the 'rain gauge'.
The first arch was erected in the early 1920s to welcome steamship visitors. An arch using neon lighting was put up by the Chamber of Commerce in the 1950s. This arch was erected by Historic Ketchikan lnc. in 1996.
Built in 1902, St. John's is the oldest church building standing in Ketchikan. The sanctuary, finished with cedar from a Saxman mill, stood on pilings along the water; fill moved the shore hundreds of feet back. St. John's has a gift shop. The Yates Building was built as a hospital in 1904 and later housed Alaska Sportsman More...
A replica of a pole raised here in 1901 by Tlingit Chief Johnson in honor of the Kadjuk House of the Raven Clan; that pole is now at Totem Heritage Center. Carver Israel Shotridge raised the replica in 1989.
Founded in 1976 as a part-time, 10-watt community station, KRBD is now a 24-hour, Alaska-style mix of volunteers' music shows and programs from NPR and PRl. Repeaters out of town and on Prince of Wales Island reach most of southern Southeast.The building was a Presbyterian Church, then a contractor's shop.
In the museum are artifacts,text and photos telling of Alaska's spirited First City as a Native fish camp, mining hub, salmon canning capital, fishing port and timber town. The Centennial Building commemorates the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867. In front is the Raven Stealing the Sun pole, carved by Dempsey Bob and raised in 1983.
In the town that boasts of being the Alaskan salmon capital of the world, here's where you can see the salmon in action—hundreds of thousands come through every summer. This spot, right next the library and at the end of Creek Street, offers a prime view of the crowds of salmon on their way to spawn.
Learn about the life cycle of salmon at this non-profit hatchery, where thousands of fish are cultivated and tagged annually before being released into area lakes, rivers and streams. You can watch (and even feed) little ones swimming against the current.
Small ponds in the park go back to the early 1900s, when they were holding ponds for salmon in the city's first hatchery.The lighted fountain, originally built in the 1930s, was restored to former glory by volunteers in 1989.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this collection of 19th century totem poles is the biggest in the world. Salvaged from abandoned Haida and Tlingit villages, some are as old as 160 years—no small feat, since totem poles usually deteriorate in less than a century. You can take a quick, free tour, or check out the current exhibits of contemporary Tlingit art.
This Episcopal church was built by Ketchikan Native Episcopal Community around 1927, when churches in Ketchikan were segregated. It remained a church until 1962 and now serves as the Ketchikan Mortuary.
K.l.C. is a federally recognized tribal government organized in 1939 under terms of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. K.l.C. is involved in health, education and culture issues for Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people, along with other Alaska Natives. Northwest Coast-style eagle and raven panels outside the building were produced by Tlingit artist Ernie More...
Tlingit artist lsrael Shotridge in 2003 raised this replica of a pole that had stood in the early 1900s on Tongass Island, ancestral home of the Tongass Tribe of Tlingit Indians. Another Sun Raven replica, carved in 1939, still stands in Saxman. The carver gave this new pole to the Tongass Tribe and the community. It stands at the technical center for More...
This wood plank street fronts the site of an early Ketchikan dock; in the 1890s it was a makeshift log raft. Thomas Street has been home to boat yards, carpenters, machine shops, bars and bordellos. The Stedman-Thomas area was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
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 More...
Nearly a century ago in 1903, this was the small mining and fishing town's red-light district but today the boardwalk street, propped up over Ketchikan Creek on wooden pilings, teems with gift shops, museums and well-preserved homes. The City Council ordered bordellos to relocate across the creek from the townsite. More than 30 bawdy houses, most with one or two"working More...
Founded by volunteers around 1900 to protect property and lives in a wooden city built on wood pilings. About 20 career personnel and dozens of volunteers staff two stations. The Main Street facility houses a mint 1927 Seagrave pumper nicknamed "Grandma." K.F.D. sells patches and souvenir apparel.
Ketchikan's first fraternal organization dates to 1900 and featured many Ketchikan civic leaders. It was all-white until the 1960s. The original lodge building was at the corner of Mission and Main streets.
This turreted Victorian was built in 1904 for H.Z. Burkhardt,a founder of Ketchikan Power Co., predecessor of Ketchikan Spruce Mill. It's among our last examples of the Queen Anne style popular in the early 20th century. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
This walkway along the steep hill offers a sensational view of Newtown, the waterfront and First Lutheran Church. Your walk takes you past Nob Hill homes of our prosperous pioneers, dating as early as 1901.
Thundering Wings eagle was carved by world-renowned Tlingit master carver Nathan Jackson of Ketchikan. Across Front Street is the Gilmore Hotel, built in 1927 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Our tunnel is said to be the only one in the world that can be driven through, around and over (on upper Front Street). The tunnel, completed in 1954, eased access to Newtown; before it, a nanow plank street on pilings skirted the rock.