Ketchikan Tourist Attractions
Ketchikan has the distinction of being the southern most city in Alaska as well as the wettest community in North America. It also claims to be "The Salmon Capital of the World." The town has a strong native Heritage with a large population of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people.Creek Street is an older area, built on stilts over the Ketchikan Creek. There are now art galleries and other shops in this area.
Totem Bight State Historic Park
In 1938 the U.S. Forest Services began a project to salvage, reconstruct, and create totem poles, a tradition which was dying out. Funds from the Civilian Conservation Corps were used to hire carvers from among the older Natives. Old abandoned totem poles were restored or recreated by these craftsmen who, in the process of this work, were able to pass on their skills to people of the younger generation.The 14 poles were erected in Totem Bight State Historic Park which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A brochure is available to educate tourists on the typical totem characters and details on the art of totem carving.Also on the site is a recreated clan house. The design represents the type of clan house, built in the early 19th C in many Indian villages. One large room with a central fireplace could house 30 to 50 people.
Official site: www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/units/totembgh.htm
Address: Ketchikan Ranger Station, 9883 North Tongass Highway, Ketchikan, AK 99901, United States
Totem Heritage Center
The Heritage Center in Ketchikan displays 19th C totem poles from abandoned Tlingit and Haida villages. There are 33 of these totem poles on display, along with other artifacts and poles from other areas.
Official site: www.city.ketchikan.ak.us/departments/museums/totem.html
Address: 601 Deermont Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6611, United States
Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery & Eagle Center
Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery & Eagle Center raises and releases thousands of young salmon each year. Visitors can view fish in different stages of growth, feed them a snack, and watch salmon swimming upstream at the Fish Ladder. The Eagle Center has numerous birds in settings that allow visitors to get up close. Other exhibits include the incubation area and the Bald Eagles.
Official site: www.kictribe.org/businesses/index.html
Address: 1158 Salmon Road, Ketchikan, AK 99901, United States
Tongass Historical Museum
The Tongass Historical Museum offers information and historical material on Ketchikan and Southeast Alaska, with permanent and changing exhibits. Displays include art and artifacts of the Indian tribes in the region as well as pioneer related items.
Official site: www.city.ketchikan.ak.us/departments/museums/tongass.html
Address: 629 Dock Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6529, United States
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