Introduction to Ketchikan, Alaska
Ketchikan, Alaska, in Prince Of Wales Outer Ketchikan county, is 620 miles NW of Bellingham, Washington (center to center) and 689 miles NW of Seattle, Washington. The city contains a population of approximately 7,922.
Mike Martin purchased 160 acres of land from Chief Kyan in 1885, and this area later became the township of Ketchikan. The Cape Fox Tlingits and Tongass used Ketchikan Creek as a fish camp. They called the area 'kitschk-hin' which meant 'thundering wings of an eagle.' The large resources of timber and fish attracted the non-natives to Ketchikan. In 1892, the Ketchikan Post Office was established. Seven canneries were in operation by 1936. Later on, several lumber mills opened in the city.
Ketchikan and nearby Attractions
- Tongass Historical Museum
- Dolly's House Museum
- Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
- Ketchikan Public Library
- Fawn Lake
Things To Do In Ketchikan
The city of Ketchikan has several museums including the Totem Heritage Center, Dolly's House Museum, and Tongass Historical Museum. While in the city, one can also visit the Ketchikan Public Library. There are a number of lakes, including Fawn Lake and Scout Lake, which are popular tourist haunts of the city. In addition, the city organizes several recreational events such as the annual Blueberry Festival.
The Ketchikan International Airport provides facility for air transportation.
Ketchikan Higher Education
Peninsula College, Whatcom Community College, Western Washington University, Skagit valley College, and Olympic College offer facilities for higher education.