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ALASKA'S FIRST CITY IS KETCHIKAN
Ketchikan is a small logging and fishing community of approx. 14,000 year round residents. Our city is located on the western side of Revillagigedo Island, accessible only by plane or boat. We average 170-180 inches of rainfall a year. Ketchikan is “Alaska’s First City” when traveling north along the Inside Passage.
If you are traveling here by plane you might like to know that it requires a short ferry ride from Gravina Island, (where the airport is) to our Island. Ketchikan is approximately 680 air miles north from Seattle. Our primary economy is based on tourism, fishing and timber harvesting. Ketchikan is a very popular destination and we will see an estimated 1,000,000 tourists in 2017. Our average temp. in the summer is around 65 degrees. With winter's averageing around 35 degrees.
Ketchikan has a wide wildlife variety during our summer Salmon season which is June through October. Some of the wildlife that you might expect to see are Stellar Sea Lions, spotted Seals, Orca (killer whales), Humpbacks, Bald Eagles, Herons, Sitka Black Tail Deer, Black Bears, River Otter and Beavers to name a few. It is also home to our rustic past of fish canneries (22 operating at the turn of the century) and lumber mills as well as infamous brothels, bootleggers and our "Red Light District" Creek Street.
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