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Ketchikan was another of the towns that prospered in the gold rush days. Today it prospers as a fishing center. Salmon runs are nearby and the town has a cannery and packaging facilities.
Perhaps its greatest charm is the way the town clings to the scraggy hillsides. Wood framed houses are interconnected with wooden walkways and stairs and a stroll through the town is a unique experience. The town is resplendent with Victorian and later architectural styles which can be seen at Monrean House and Creek Street (former red light district). Creek Street is a charming walk on wooden planks.
|Visit Tongass Historical Museum, Totem Heritage Center and Totem Bight State
Historical Park. Nearby, Saxman has 26 modern totem poles.
16 miles south you find Metlakatla which was founded by William Duncan, a missionary who had been ejected from Canada. Visit Duncan Cottage Museum and be sure to pick up some of the many souvenirs made from gold, silver, animal skins and wool.
Excursions include a floatplane flight to the Tongass Narrows and for those who like to keep their feet on the ground consider a lumberjack show and exhibition.
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