|The "Welcome to Ketchikan" sign near the intersection of Mission Street and Front Street|
We had a great time at the show and afterwards we headed east to Stedman Street. As we walked along we enjoyed the sunny weather and watched the fishing boats coming and going out of the marina.
|Fishing boats at the docks in Ketchikan|
We turned right onto Stedman Street where we watched several people fishing from the bridge and the rocks below.
|Stedman Bridge, Ketchikan AK|
Looking down into the water as we crossed the Stedman Bridge, we could see numerous fish milling around in the clear water at the mouth of Ketchikan Creek. No wonder so many people were fishing and some were successfully catching fish, too!
|Salmon below the Stedman Bridge in Ketchikan, AK|
After crossing the bridge we arrived at the entrance to Creek Street.
|Creek Street Ketchikan Alaska|
This plaque at the street entrance says it all: "Where Fish and Fishermen Go Up the Creek to Spawn". Of course, it wasn't only fishermen who spent time on Creek Street. There were lumberjacks, miners, sailors and men with other occupations, too.
|Sign at Creek Street in Ketchikan, AK|
|Dolly's House Ketchikan, AK|
|Creek Street in Ketchikan|
|Creek Street boardwalk|
What was once a seedy and disreputable neighborhood has been preserved and was designated as a National Historic District in 2014.
|Antiques and collectibles for sale on Creek Street|
We wandered into many of the old buildings that are now art galleries and shops filled with local art, crafts, antiques and unique souvenirs like Alaska gold nuggets.
Scattered between the shop entrances. several signs are displayed with information about some of the buildings and the women who once lived there. We enjoy looking at antiques so we ended up spending quite a bit of time exploring the shops on Creek Street. We checked the time and noticed that we had less than 2 hours of time left before the ship's scheduled departure time, so we opted to start making our way back toward the ship. If we had more time I would have liked to hike up Married Man's Trail to check out the views along the way and Cape Fox Lodge at the top. As we made our way through the town, there were many more temptations awaiting us.
The aroma of chocolate was too much for my husband to resist so we stopped to buy some fudge at Ketchi Candies. Delicious!
|Salmon for sale in Kethikan, AK|
And since we were in the "Salmon Capital of the World" how could we not stop to purchase some Alaskan salmon to take home?
|Mission Street, Ketchikan Alaska|
Since the ship was in sight and only a couple of blocks away, we did a little more window shopping on our way back to the dock.
|The Rock, by Dave Rubin|
Before boarding the Westerdam, we stopped to admire a bronze sculpture on the dock. "The Rock", created by Dave Rubin, honors Ketchikan's past with seven statues, each representing significant people in the city's history. The figures include local Tlingit leader, Chief Johnson, a fisherman, a logger, a pilot, a native Alaskan woman, a miner and a woman carrying a suitcase dressed in the style of the 1890s (perhaps some of the madams?).
|A view from Ketchikan, AK|
After boarding, it wasn't long before the Westerdam departed the dock heading south to our next destination on our Alaska Cruise, Victoria, BC.
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