Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
Three large totems greet you in the lobby of the center while a school of silver salmon, suspended from the ceiling, leads you toward a...
Tongass Historical Museum
The Tongass Historical Museum houses a collection of local historical and Alaska Native artifacts, many dealing with Ketchikan’s fishing...
Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show
When the lumberjacks are at the peak of their axe-and-saw battles, you can hear the crowd cheering throughout downtown. A favorite of...
New York Cafe
The historic ambience of the New York Hotel spills over into a little cafe. The menu follows the usual seafood trend of fried halibut...
24 Creek St · interesting places nearby
Dolly's House information
Departing from Stedman St is Creek St, a boardwalk built over Ketchikan Creek on pilings – a photographer’s delight. This was Ketchikan’s famed red-light district until prostitution became illegal in 1954. During Creek St’s heyday, it supported up to 30 brothels and became known as the only place in Alaska where ‘the fishermen and the fish went upstream to spawn.’ The house with bright red trim is Dolly’s House, a museum dedicated to this notorious era.
It was once the parlor of the city’s most famous madam, Dolly Arthur. You can see the brothel, including its bar, which was placed over a trapdoor to the creek for quick disposal of bootleg whiskey.