Ketchikan

12/31/12

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Ketchikan is considered Alaska's "first city". Ketchikan has rainforests, fjords, glaciers and numerous waterfalls, and a surprisingly mild climate.

 

Ketchikan is located on Revillagigedo Island, on the western shore of Tongass Pass. It has a population of 14,000.

The economy of Ketchikan was built on gold and copper mining, logging and pulp mills, and salmon canneries. Today's economy is based on timber harvesting, fishing and tourism.

 

Creek Street is a wooden boardwalk> During the prohibition era, buildings on the creek housed bordellos. Today restaurants, museums, galleries and gift shops are popular stops along the creek.

The Mukluk Telegraph is the official publication of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium .

Ketchikan  has the world's largest collection of standing totem poles, found at three major locations: the City of Saxman, Totem Bight State Park, and the Totem Heritage Center.

We enjoyed watching this bald eagle swoop down from its nest to catch salmon.

 

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