|Ketchikan, Alaska, harbor. (Julianne G. Crane)|
|Notorious Creek Street, in historic Ketchikan. (Julianne G. Crane)|
This Alaska town has long been a popular destination with RVers because it is a year-round port-of-call for the Alaska Marine Highway System (1-800-642-0066).
|Julianne G. Crane pointing out Dolly's|
During Ketchikan's "rough-and-tumble Prohibition days, Creek Street ... actually a boardwalk built over the water...was the red-light district, a hot-bed of bars and brothels. Today it is the heart of the city's shopping and arts scene."
|Jimmy Smith walking by Dolly's House|
"Dolly Arthur was one of Ketchikan’s better known madams, operating from the 1930s until prostitution was outlawed in Ketchikan in the 1950s. Today her parlor and boudoir are preserved as a museum filled with memorabilia, commemorating the roaring days of the early 20th century." -- Viator.com
|Jimmy taking photos of travelers. (Julianne G. Crane)|
629 Dock St., Ketchikan, AK
This is a small city-run museum where visitors can peruse displays highlighting the town's history. Rare artifacts and historical photographs tell the authentic tale of Ketchikan as a Native fish camp, gold and copper mining center, fishing port, timber town, cannery site, transportation hub, and lively community. Just outside the museum there is a large totem pole called "Raven Stealing the Sun."
Admission: Adults: $3 Children 12 and under: Free. Admission is charged May through September.
For other cultural activities, including museum and historical destinations, click here.
Tongass National Forest offers RV camping areas. Click here for more information.
Text and photos: Julianne G. Crane
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Research sources: Visit-Ketchikan.com; Holland America Cruise brochures, Tongass National Forest website; Viator.com.