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Ketchikan is 235 miles south of Juneau. It lies along the Inside Passage in "the land of the totem pole." The city is situated on Revillagigelo Island and experiences a moderate, moist climate.

In 1887, a salmon cannery was erected on the future site of Ketchikan. By 1936, seven canneries were in operation, producing 1.5 million cases of salmon. The community blossomed swiftly after nearby copper mining began in 1898. The city's name is said to be a Tlingit phrase, "thundering wings of an eagle."

Today Ketchikan, population 7,922, is Alaska's southernmost major city, which relies upon a fishing and tourism economy. Of interest are Dolly's House Museum, and Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery & Eagle Center. There also is a Salmon Derby in May, a Timber Festival in July, and a Blueberry Arts Festival in August.

Ketchikan is home to the largest collection of totem poles in the world, at Totem Bight State Historical Park.

Art Norman G Jackson, Tlingit Artist | Saxman Totem Park | Shadow Mountain Trading Co. | Totem Heritage Center |
Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns Blueberry Hill Bed & Breakfast |
History Creek Street Historic District | Dolly's House Museum | Tongass Historical Museum |
Motels, Hotels and Resorts Cedars Lodge | New York Hotel and Cafe |
City Parks Departments Misty Fiords National Monument |
Sports and Sporting Events Gold Coast Lodge | Wind & Water Charters and Scuba |
Transportation Ketchikan Harbor Seaplane Base | Promech Air |
Wildlife Viewing Alaska Deep Six Dive Center |

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