Adventures for 2018 travel blog

Ketchikan's claims to fame

Salmon shop

St. John's Episcopal Church

Interior altar and stained glass


Knox Bros Clock

Creek Street

Dolly's House

One of many totems

Historic buildings along the famous creek

Ketchikan markets itself as Alaska's First City, and I suppose it is the first city on a cruise up the Inside Passage, about 700 miles from Seattle. It also bills itself as the Salmon Capital of the World. The city was established in 1887 when a salmon cannery was built at the mouth of Ketchikan Creek so it's a historic fishing village.

We headed off to Creek Street, the former red-light district. The architecture is interesting with all the little old houses converted to shops or eateries. Even Dolly's House is now a museum: Dolly Copeland Arthur was the famous Madam who lived here from 1919 to 1970. It is a beautiful walk along the zig-zag boardwalk and the little shops have a great variety of touristy stuff as well as quality native crafts.

I can't go by a church, so we popped into St. John's Episcopal Church, the oldest place of worship in town.

Whale Park featured the Knox Brothers clock and a replica of the Chief Kyan Totem Pole. We did a lot of walking, the harbor is pretty and we bought some cokes to bring back to the ship. Drinks are expensive so diet cokes are always on our shopping list when we go ashore.

Dinner was extra good tonight; think we worked up an appetite walking. Alaskan crab is always good though.

The show featured a magician, Chris Blackmore, combined illusion with humor. Magic is usually not my favorite entertainment; but, this guy was pretty good.

Tracy Arm tomorrow for the Twin Sawyer Glaciers.

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