Information about Ketchikan, and the small, locally-owned businesses located there.

Carved by nature

"Carved by nature"

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A little about Ketchikan

Ketchikan, Alaska, is truly the beginning of the last frontier. Set at the southernmost entrance to Alaska’s famed Inside Passage—a network of waterways that snake through some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful wilderness in the world—Ketchikan is best known for three things: feisty salmon, idyllic scenery, and an incredibly rich Alaska Native culture. Due to our thriving, century-old commercial fishery, Ketchikan is known as “The Salmon Capital of the World.” We are proud of our fishing culture and passionate about providing opportunities for visitors to catch and/or otherwise enjoy the best seafood on the planet.

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The history of Ketchikan

Ketchikan is named after Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the town, emptying into the Tongass Narrows a short distance southeast of its downtown. "Ketchikan" comes from the Tlingit name for the creek, Kitschk-hin, the meaning of which is unclear. It may mean "the river belonging to Kitschk"; other accounts claim it means "Thundering Wings of an Eagle".] In modern Tlingit this name is rendered as Kichx̱áan. Ketchikan Creek served as a summer fish camp for Tlingit natives for untold years before the town was established by Mike Martin in 1885. The area near the mouth of Ketchikan Creek later earned Ketchikan a measure of infamy during the first half of the 20th century for a red-light district known as Creek Street, with brothels aligned on either side of the creek. According to the U.S. Postal Service, Ketchikan's zip code, 99950, is the highest in the country.

Contact Information

50 Front St.,
Ketchikan, Alaska

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Businesses in Ketchikan, Alaska

Here is a collection of local Ketchikan, Alaska businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.

Art Entertainment Jewelry Lodging Restaurants Shopping Transportation


Alaska Fine Art


Featuring Master Sculptor Eddie Lee


Arctic Spirit Gallery


Northwest Coast & Traditional Alaskan Native Artwork


1st City Charters


Fishing Charters & Ketchikan Wildlife Viewing


Alaskan Heritage Gems & Gifts


The best of what Alaska has to offer


Julie's Fine Jewelry & Gifts


Providing the finest of Alaska gold, gems and art


Black Bear Inn


Ranked number one on Tripadvisor


Cape Fox Lodge


Set amidst the Tongass National Forest


Thomas Street Vacation Rentals


Reasonable rates & superb downtown location


Alaska Fish House


Fresh and local cod, king salmon and halibut


Annabelle's Keg & Chowder House


Family friendly prices with a touch of class


Sweet Joy Waffles


Belgian waffles, Italian gelato & sorbetto


Czars Treasures


Unique gifts and collectibles from around the world


Inside Passage Harley-Davidson


Get your Alaska Harley gear here!


Sockeye Sam's


Alaskan arts, fine jewelry and apparel.


Two Hippie Chicks


Full of groovy gifts!


Whale's Tail Quilt Shop


High quality fabrics


Alaska Seaplane Tours


See the grandeur of Alaska