Final Boarding: Ketchikan


Back in the day, Ketchikan, Alaska had a reputation for being a rough and tumble town. It was also known as the only place in Alaska where the fish and the fishermen came to spawn.

We walked through driving rain to the notorious Creek Street, once the red-light district that was home to brothels and bars until the 1950s. During Prohibition, rowboats would come in on high tides and pass liquor up through trap doors in bordello floors.

The city is far more tame nowdays and the buildings on this historic boardwalk are filled with shops and local artisans. But if you ignore the tourists and sale signs, you can get a glimpse of how life looked a hundred years ago.


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