The Ketchikan Creek flows down from the Misty Fjord National Park through the heart of downtown Ketchikan before flowing into Thomas Basin Boat Harbor. Creek Street, on the left side, became a red-light district in 1903 when the City Council ordered bordellos to relocate across the creek from the townsite. More than 30 houses of ill repute lined the creek over the years. When prohibition was passed some of them became speakeasies as liquor was snuck in through trap doors in the floor of the bordellos. It was until 1953 when the City Council finally outlawed prostitution at which point Creek Street became a mixed residential and commercial area. Today it mainly a tourist area.
Posted by: danielfee | December 3, 2013