KETCHIKAN (Historic Alaska Information)
Sawmills, canneries, schools, churches, newspapers, stores, cable and wireless stations, and many comfortable homes border the narrow planked street, or rather walk, huddled together as though in fear of the sea, mountain and natives entirely surrounding it. But small as it is, it is the metropolis of the country' about it. recipient of no inconsiderable trade, and the center of the American fishing industry, and mines on Prince of Wales Island near by on the westward.
Small boats to and from the mines and canneries tie up and trade every hour, and large boats from Seattle every day. The cannery employes are about equally Indian, Jap and Chinese, with a few white managers. The Indians and Mongolians are renewing their blood relationship. It is impossible to tell the nationality of some of these cannery children, and often I have been unable to distinguish the nativity of their parents.
Ketchikan has about a thousand population, including three hundred Indians, a few Japs, and Chinese. Generally speaking, it, like all the other modern villages and towns on the Alaska coast, is but a handful of Seattle. The big cannery, the mill, the water works, Indian shacks and totems, and by all means the curio stores, are interesting sights for the tourist, who is very hungry for something of the kind by the time he reaches here on his third or fourth day out, and they are indeed worth the cost and time of the voyage. Scow load after load of salmon, still flopping, arrive at the cannery and can be watched until they are in the can ready for market. I asked what they paid for them, and was told ten cents per Sockeye, seventy-five cents per hundred for Dog, and a little more for Humpback. For those who have a few days' time between boats, a most enjoyable recreation could be had by going to the cannery and fish hatchery at Loring, on Naha Bay, where Vancouver repaired his injuries after being well whipped by the Indians at Traitor's Cove near by. The scenery can hardly be excelled Old Fort Tongass, occupied from 1867 to 1877, was on the American side of Dixon Entrance.