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Historical Markers in Ketchikan, Alaska

 
Clickable Map of Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK (31) Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, AK (0) Wrangell Borough, AK (0)  KetchikanGatewayBorough(31) Ketchikan Gateway Borough (31)  PrinceofWales-HyderCensusArea(0) Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area (0)  WrangellBorough(0) Wrangell Borough (0)
Ketchikan is the borough seat for Ketchikan Gateway Borough
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ADJACENT TO KETCHIKAN GATEWAY BOROUGH
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1Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — 20 Creek StreetCirca 1920
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 . . . Map (db m112041) HM
2Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Carving a Place in History
The cultural traditions and stylistic glories of Northwest Coast Native artists go back centuries. But the historical period of (obscured) and curating — mainly by non-Natives — is relatively short. Totem poles by tradition were private . . . Map (db m182030) HM
3Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — 'Cat' Houses & Sporting Women
Ketchikan's notorious Creek Street, early Alaska's most infamous red-light district, still retains traces of the gaudy rouge of a half-century of speakeasies and sporting women. Here the fame of Black Mary, Thelma Baker and Dolly Arthur . . . Map (db m182103) HM
4Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Chief Johnson Totem Pole
Totem poles are carved to honor deceased ancestors, record history, social events, and oral tradition. They were never worshipped as religious objects. This totem, carved by Israel Shotridge and raised in 1989, is a replica of the Chief . . . Map (db m79703) HM
5Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Chief Kyan Totem Pole
Totem poles are carved to honor deceased ancestors record history, social events, and oral tradition. They were never worshipped as religious objects. This totem is the second replication of the Chief Kyan Totem Pole. The original pole was . . . Map (db m70746) HM
6Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Creek Street‘Cat’houses & Sporting Women
Ketchikan’s notorious Creek Street, early Alaska’s most infamous red-light district, still retains traces of the gaudy rouge of a half-century of speakeasies and sporting women. Here the fame of Black Mary, Thelma Baker and Dolly Arthur outlived . . . Map (db m112039) HM
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7Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Crossing a FrontierSt. John's mission brought gospel, school and hospital
The Christian cross was planted in Ketchikan's shoreline in 1897, when the settlement was only a creekside collection of Native homes and a trading site for the first white businessman in the area. The missionary priest who staked an ecclesiastical . . . Map (db m182004) HM
8Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Diaz CaféCirca 1921 — In the heart of Ketchikan's Filipino community —
Laws restricting Chinese and Japanese immigration in the 1920s resulted in a wave of Filipinos coming to work in Ketchikan's booming canneries. These “Alaskeros,” as they called themselves, began to live here permanently and make long-lasting . . . Map (db m182101) HM
9Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Dolly's HouseCirca 1905
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. . . . Map (db m112038) HM
10Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — From Planks to PavementNorth Front Street's Early Views
At the turn of the century, Ketchikan's pioneer townsite sprouted up from the base of a rugged, uncleared rocky mountainside where it meets deep tidewater. The downtown business district was literally built upon pilings and planked decking, with . . . Map (db m181910) HM
11Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — In Defiance of the Dry Squad
The Politics of Prohibition pitted the U. S. Constitution's well-meaning 18th Amendment — which banned the manufacture, sale or transportation of liquor — against the ingenuity of the moonshiners and bootleggers who found ways to satisfy the . . . Map (db m182102) HM
12Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — June's CaféCirca 1903 — The best chili in town —
In spite of its more respectable Stedman Street address, this building — along with its Creek Street neighbors — was one of the earliest houses of prostitution, built soon after the Town Council banned prostitution to this side of the Creek. . . . Map (db m182042) HM
13Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Keeping the Catch!
Shipments of iced halibut from Ketchikan to outside markets was pioneered by F.J. Hunt and H.C. Strong, following similar successful methods with salmon, and a thriving business was built through the construction of two large cold storage . . . Map (db m181914) HM
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14Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Ketchikan Shingle Mill1904-1918 — Men worked on the Creek too … for a while! —
On this site over 100 years ago, a 22-foot waterwheel turned, creaked, and groaned to power the Ketchikan Shingle Mill. It was an ingenious creation of pioneer Austin “Ott” Inman. Inman and his partner, Charles Borch, first used the mill as a . . . Map (db m182074) HM
15Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Ketchikan Waterfront from Pennock Island, 1905Harriet Hunt Photo. Courtesy of Ketchikan Museums, Tongass Historical Society Collection
The Revenue Cutter McCulloch is docked near Northern Machine Works (left) and a Japanese barkentine is at anchor on the south end of the wharf near the Ketchikan Spruce Mills (right) to purchase fish. Also visible is St. John's Episcopal . . . Map (db m181984) HM
16Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — New York Hotel & CaféCirca 1924 — A family twice removed —
Adventurous Japanese-Americans George and Yayoko Shimizu immigrated to Ketchikan in search of opportunity. Around 1903, they opened the New York Café on downtown Front Street. Ketchikan was divided racially then. Whites lived north of Ketchikan . . . Map (db m182073) HM
17Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Ohashi's1907 — A little of everything … for over 100 years —
Around 1900, adventurous Japanese pioneer George Ohashi came to Ketchikan and opened the New York Café on Front Street. This was the beginning of a three-generation Ohashi family career of entrepreneurial activities. In 1907, Ohashi built this . . . Map (db m182044) HM
18Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Proud Canoes & Coastal Traders
For thousands of years, water has been the common highway for all Northwest Coast Natives. Living at the edge of dense rain forests of great cedar, spruce, and hemlock along one of the world's richest sea coasts, their dependence upon seafood . . . Map (db m181977) HM
19Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Sea and SkylineNative and Western cultures at a crossroads
A city arose at the mouth of Ketchikan Creek early in the 20th century, where Native people had camped for uncountable centuries to fish and hunt, houses, stores, hotels and sawmills uprooted the rainforest skyline in a sort of land-rush flurry of . . . Map (db m182027) HM
20Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — South Front StreetKetchikan Grows Up Downtown
[Left side, top to bottom] (Top photo) Illegible The young city of Ketchikan (remainder illegible) The Sideboard Saloon was operated by town co-founder Mike Martin from early in the century until 1917, when the . . . Map (db m181993) HM
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21Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Spirit & SparksKetchikan on the Fourth
E pluribus funum Independence Day was a bang-up community affair in early-day Ketchikan. In the midst of busy summertime, the Stars and Stripes provided a common denominator for diverse frontier folk. July Fourth inspired considerable . . . Map (db m181996) HM
22Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Star HouseCirca 1902 — Bootlegged booze, loose women, hot music and rowdy customers —
One of Ketchikan's oldest buildings and the Territory of Alaska's only registered brothel. Infamous owner “Black Mary” Thomas added a dance hall with an inlaid star in the floor, giving the building its name. Thelma Baker Graham bought the . . . Map (db m182087) HM
23Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Star-crossed Square RiggersMajestic Tall Ships of the Great Star Fleet
Hundreds of proud sailing vessels once plied Alaskan waters, but the passing of the wail was swift & complete. As the new Era of the Steamship began to dominate the sea lanes in the late 1890's, Alaska's booming early salmon trade inspired the . . . Map (db m181943) HM
24Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Stedman-Thomas Historic DistrictThe other downtown
Across the great divide: Stedman started apart Ketchikan Creek formed a dividing line in Ketchikan in the early 1900s. To the north, white pioneers' homes, schools and churches stair-stepped up the hill and businesses crowded the waterfront. . . . Map (db m182050) HM
25Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Tatsuda's GroceryCirca 1916 — Ketchikan's longest running family business, almost a century old. —
Kichirobei (“Jimmy”) Tatsuda and his wife, Sen Seike, started a combination grocery store, pool hall, tobacco shop and boarding house in 1910. In 1916, the Tatsudas opened their first grocery store in a nearby building. It was truly a family . . . Map (db m182093) HM
26Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — The Gilmore Hotel
circa 1927 Historic Property Presented by Ketchikan Historical CommissionMap (db m181928) HM
27Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — The Lost FrontierWorld War II uprooted Japanese-Alaskans
Stedman Street was a congenial place for Japanese immigrants and their families up to the 1940s. Japanese-born miners, fishermen, laborers and entrepreneurs settled across the creek from downtown and founded families. Japanese-Americans from the . . . Map (db m182058) HM
28Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Tongass Trading Company
Circa 1913 Historic Property Presented by Ketchikan Historical CommissionMap (db m181929) HM
29Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Trials by FireFrontier, flames and fortitude
Our fire department: From buckets to pumpers Ketchikan Fire Department started in 1900 with a bucket brigade. You were a member if you had a bucket and could carry it full of water. Such rudimentary protection was inadequate in a bustling . . . Map (db m181985) HM
30Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — Upon 'Thundering Wings'
“Thundering Wings” — the title of local master carver Nathan Jackson's magnificent cedar monument, depicts the Tlingit native origin of Ketchikan's name, as told by Chief Reynold Denny of the Beaver Clan: “About three hundred years ago the . . . Map (db m181908) HM
31Alaska (Ketchikan Gateway Borough), Ketchikan — When 'Steam was Queen'
Prior to the 1870s, only a hardy handful of explorers, traders, whalers and sealers worked Alaska's rugged coastline. Following the 1867 purchase of the Territory from Russia, regular boat service from U.S. ports to Sitka began on a monthly . . . Map (db m181965) HM
 
 
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Oct. 5, 2022