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Deer Mountain Over Ketchikan, Alaska

For nearly four years in the 1990's I made my home in the First City, formally known as Ketchikan, Alaska, informally known as K-Town. Ketchikan is the largest community in southern Southeast Alaska, and at the time it was considered the 4th largest town in Alaska. Ketchikan is the first city that you will arrive at when you are starting an Alaskan Cruise and entering the Alaskan Panhandle. Ketchikan sprawls for miles along the coast of Revillagigedo Island, or Revilla as the locals call it. But normally Ketchikan is only a few blocks up the mountains on Revilla. Just in case you are wondering, Revilla Island is nearly as big as the entire state of Rhode Island (.7 million acres). On the backside of the island is the Misty Fiords National Monument, which at 2.3 million acres is three times as large as that tiny little State of Rhode Island. I have seen Misty Fiords one Mother’s Day when I went around Revilla on a ferry.

Deer Mountain is the prominent mountain that looms over downtown Ketchikan. This picture is taken during one of our many boating trips. You can see a rain shower in Bear Valley (the light blob), which is a very common site in Southeast Alaska. Also on Revilla Island is the Tongass National Forest, and the Tongass is considered a rainforest. One year I lived in Ketchikan it rained over 200 inches.

Salmon Capital of the World

Ketchikan has a number of nick-names like...

K-Town - Kind of goofy.

Salmon Capital of the World - Lots of fishing, but not so much as Bristol Bay.

First City - meaning furthest south so the first city people reach when coming north along the Inside Passsage.

The Rock - Living on an island can get taxing.

Sunset in the Tongass Narrows

In June 1996 I flew down to Grand Junction, Colorado and bought my Grandma Norma’s Ford Taurus and drive it back up to Ketchikan (obviously taking the ferry for part of the way). Here is one lovely sunset reflecting in a puddle at a parking spot along the Tongass Highway.

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  • Cons:My brother used to call Revilla Island, "the rock".
  • Last visit to Ketchikan: May 1999
  • Intro Updated Jan 8, 2004
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  • May 26, 2009 at 10:45 PM

    you can take i float plane out, and it's only an hour and a half. i recommend Alaska Seaplane tours, it a more personal tour.

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    Dec 7, 2005 at 1:54 AM

    Hi dear. Happy Birthday. Many happy returns of the day. Congrats for having such nice pages.

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    Dec 7, 2004 at 9:40 AM

    Hey, really nice Ketchikan pages of yours. I wish next time in Alaska I can go there to see the First Town. Thanks, great tips and pics. Niina

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    Jul 31, 2004 at 7:06 PM

    YO girl you have done a super job on your Alaska sight. The pics are lovely ,and the discributions are right on. Good one

  • Feb 9, 2004 at 7:33 PM

    Fantastic page. Simply superb and great tips.. The phtographs are amazing.

  • shekaago's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2004 at 11:23 AM

    More great memories you've stirred up! Ketchikan was the first place I set foot in Alaska! : - )

  • PA2AKgirl's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2004 at 1:06 AM

    how funny--I just wrote a tip on banana slugs:) I like your page, it's a lot like mine is of Sitka and my Sitka/Tlingit album

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2004 at 1:35 PM

    Just like in Juneau. the cruise boats are as big or bigger than the whole downtown. Nice tips on the First City!

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2004 at 2:02 PM

    Fascinating page - I had a sister grow up there, so I am particularly fond of information on Ketchikan!!!

  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2004 at 4:19 AM

    Simply stunning photos of absolutely amazing Alaska. Must get back there & see it properly! Thanks Angie!

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