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Ketchikan is a small city in Alaska known for tourism and commercial fishing. It is named after the Ketchikan river that flows through the city. Ferries from Ketchikan provide services to Prince Rupert in Canada, Wrangell further north in Alaska, and Bellingham in Washington. You can book your Ketchikan ferry with AFerry.
Ketchikan is the most south eastern city in Alaska, located on Revillagigedo Island in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough of Alaska, United States. Ketchikan got its name from the Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the town, emptying into the Tongass Narrows a short distance southeast of its downtown. Tlingit natives used Ketchikan Creek as a summer fish camp before the town was established by Mike Martin in 1885. The economy of Ketchikan is split between tourism, government services and commercial fishing. In the past government official have dubbed Ketchikan as the "Salmon Capital of the World". The harvesting of pulp use to contribute largely to the economy until 1997 when the Ketchikan Pulp Company pulp mill closed. This was mostly due to the 1990 act where by timber harvesting was reduced in the national forest.
One of the most popular attractions is The Misty Fiords National Monument which lies approximately 40 miles east of Ketchikan, comprising 2,294,343 acres of Tongass National Forest. Other popular attractions include the world's largest collection of standing totem poles, found throughout the city of Ketchikan. Ketchikan even has a Totem Heritage Centre!
Alaska Marine Highway System
2933 Tongass Ave, Ketchikan, AK 99901, United States