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A little about Ketchikan

Ketchikan, Alaska, is truly the beginning of the last frontier. Set at the southernmost entrance to Alaska’s famed Inside Passage—a network of waterways that snake through some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful wilderness in the world—Ketchikan is best known for three things: feisty salmon, idyllic scenery, and an incredibly rich Alaska Native culture. Due to our thriving, century-old commercial fishery, Ketchikan is known as “The Salmon Capital of the World.” We are proud of our fishing culture and passionate about providing opportunities for visitors to catch and/or otherwise enjoy the best seafood on the planet.

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The history of Ketchikan

Ketchikan is named after Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the town, emptying into the Tongass Narrows a short distance southeast of its downtown. "Ketchikan" comes from the Tlingit name for the creek, Kitschk-hin, the meaning of which is unclear. It may mean "the river belonging to Kitschk"; other accounts claim it means "Thundering Wings of an Eagle".] In modern Tlingit this name is rendered as Kichx̱áan. Ketchikan Creek served as a summer fish camp for Tlingit natives for untold years before the town was established by Mike Martin in 1885. The area near the mouth of Ketchikan Creek later earned Ketchikan a measure of infamy during the first half of the 20th century for a red-light district known as Creek Street, with brothels aligned on either side of the creek. According to the U.S. Postal Service, Ketchikan's zip code, 99950, is the highest in the country.

Contact Information

Address:
50 Front St.,
Ketchikan, Alaska
99901

Where is Ketchikan

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Businesses in Ketchikan, Alaska

Here is a collection of local Ketchikan, Alaska businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.

 

Alaska Fine Art

Art

Featuring Master Sculptor Eddie Lee

 

Arctic Spirit Gallery

Art

Northwest Coast & Traditional Alaskan Native Artwork

 

Alaskan Heritage Gems & Gifts

Jewelry

The best of what Alaska has to offer

 

Julie's Fine Jewelry & Gifts

Jewelry

Providing the finest of Alaska gold, gems and art

 

Black Bear Inn

Lodging

Ranked number one on Tripadvisor

 

Cape Fox Lodge

Lodging

Set amidst the Tongass National Forest

 

Thomas Street Vacation Rentals

Lodging

Reasonable rates & superb downtown location

 

1st City Charters

Outdoors

Fishing Charters & Ketchikan Wildlife Viewing

 

Alaska Fish House

Restaurants

Fresh and local cod, king salmon and halibut

 

Annabelle's Keg & Chowder House

Restaurants

Family friendly prices with a touch of class

 

Sweet Joy Waffles

Restaurants

Belgian waffles, Italian gelato & sorbetto

 

Czars Treasures

Shopping

Unique gifts and collectibles from around the world

 

Inside Passage Harley-Davidson

Shopping

Get your Alaska Harley gear here!

 

Sockeye Sam's

Shopping

Alaskan arts, fine jewelry and apparel.

 

Two Hippie Chicks

Shopping

Full of groovy gifts!

 

Whale's Tail Quilt Shop

Shopping

High quality fabrics

 

Alaska Seaplane Tours

Transportation

See the grandeur of Alaska