Ketchikan in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska — Northwest
20 Creek Street
Beatrice Greene; the last working woman
For half a century, this house, like so many on the Creek, was part of Ketchikan’s notorious red light district where both fish and men came upstream to spawn… the fish once, many of the men repeatedly.
Its most infamous resident was Beatrice Greene, who began to ply her trade here in 1947.
In 1954, when authorities brought an end to open prostitution on Creek Street, most of the ladies left town, retired, or moved to other neighborhoods. A few, including Beatrice Greene, simply went underground.
Following the crackdown, she played a game of cat-and-mouse with the local police, entertaining “gentlemen callers” when she thought she could get away with it; lying low when the heat was on.
Erected by Ketchikan Historic Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Women.
Location. 55° 20.51′ N, 131° 38.479′ W. Marker is in Ketchikan, Alaska, in Ketchikan Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 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. Dolly's House (within shouting distance of this marker); Creek Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Chief Johnson Totem Pole (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chief Kyan Totem Pole (about 500 feet away).
More about this marker. Creek Street is actually an elevated boardwalk rather than a street (pedestrian traffic only)
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Also see . . . History of Creek Street Has Always Been Commerce.
Seven years after the "closure" of the Creek, the American Social Health Association sent another "undercover" agent to Ketchikan to see whether or not prostitution had gone away with the closure of Creek Street. The investigator determined that of the old time "working girls" on the Creek only Annie Watkins at #4 and Beatrice Greene at #20 were still living on the Creek. (Submitted on December 30, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 30, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 186 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on December 30, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2. submitted on December 31, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.