Whether you arrive on a jet that swoops in from Seattle, aboard an Alaska Marine Highway ferry, or a cruise ship, you know you're in Alaska when you set foot in Ketchikan. The little town of 14,500 is built right over the water in many places- the steep hillsides making construction extremely expensive. Established originally as a fishing camp, Ketchikan today bustles with activity. Pulp mills, commercial fishing enterprises, growing tourism and the Misty Fjords National Monument to the east make Ketchikan a great place to live or visit.

Ketchikan's history dates back to 1883, when a man named Snow built a salmon saltery. Two years later, businessmen from Portland, Oregon, hired Mike Martin to investigate possibilities for building a salmon cannery on the banks of Ketchikan Creek. By the early 1900's, Martin and the cannery's manager, George Clark, had set up a partnership and had opened a saltery and a general store. Two years later, with the fishing trade flourishing, Ketchikan was definitely in business. And by 1900, with a population of 800, the town was officially incorporated.

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