population 6,483, on S coast of Revillagigedo I., on N shore of Tongass Narrows, Alex. Arch.
Ketchikan is a small remote city in Southeast Alaska and a popular port for cruise ships and fishing vessels. It's known for places like Creek Street, and Misty Fjords as well as its many totem poles and Tlingit art.
Many people coming to Ketchikan will take a Misty Fjords flightseeing tour. Or spend the day browsing the gift shops. If you have more time fishing and exploring the area are also popular activities.
Industrial city and port of entry, established as a fishing town when a cannery was built in 1887. The town became a supply center during the gold rush period in the late 1890's. Its population was 40 in 1890; 1,613 in 1910; 2,458 in 1920; 3,796 in 1930; 4,695 in 1939; and 5,305 in 1950. The Ketchikan post office was established in 1892. The city was named after Ketchikan Creek.