Wander Historic Creek Street
When you visit Ketchikan, you’ll likely find yourself wandering the shops and historic buildings on Creek Street. This boardwalk pedestrian street is built on pilings above Ketchikan Creek. Shops, restaurants, and museums are nestled between Ketchikan’s rocky hillsides and the creek that gave the city its name. Take a self-guided tour of this former red-light district, where bootleggers made midnight deliveries through hidden trap doors connecting the creek to the bawdy houses, or sign up for guided stroll around the city.
From Creek Street, be sure to visit the neighboring Stedman-Thomas Historic District. This area, originally the site of an Alaska Native fish camp, was settled by gold-seekers and immigrant workers. The district’s false front commercial buildings and houses, built on pilings, date from the early 1900s. Here, you’ll see Ohashi’s, Ketchikan's oldest continuously-operating retail establishment.
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