Ketchikan in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska — Northwest
Dolly Arthur… one of the Creek’s longest “working” residents
This house was the home of Dolly Arthur, Ketchikan’s most famous “sporting woman.” From 1919 through the 1940s, it was also her place of business.
Dolly, whose given name was Thelma Copeland, had already practiced her trade in Vancouver, Juneau, Petersburg and at the other end of Creek Street when she finally settled here at #24. She lived in the house until 1973, when ill health and failing eyesight required her to move into a nursing home.
Looking back on her career shortly before her death at age eighty-eight, she said:
”I guess men thought I was fun and attractive, because I always seemed to have more friends than the other girls on Creek Street. I could never get along with other girls, you know – but I never had any trouble getting along with men.”
Erected by Ketchikan Historic Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Women.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24 Creek Street, Ketchikan AK 99901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Creek Street (a few steps from this marker); 20 Creek Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Chief Johnson Totem Pole (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chief Kyan Totem Pole (about 600 feet away).
More about this marker. Creek Street is actually an elevated boardwalk rather than a street (pedestrian traffic only)
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Dolly’s House Museum.
(includes pictures of Dolly) Thelma Dolly Copeland was born in Clear Lake, now McCall Idaho, October 5, 1888. (Submitted on December 30, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Dolly Arthur: now Ketchikan's poster girl.
Dolly's house was not only her business but also her longtime home. Her claim to present fame was simply because of the more than 50 years she spent on Creek Street. She bought the house in 1919 and was still living there, alone, in the early '70s. She became the last of the former ladies of the line to remain in residence on the creek until her death, which was 20 years after the red-light district (Submitted on December 30, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 30, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 30, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.