Creek Street (Ketchikan, Alaska)
Creek Street Historic District
View of Creek Street
|Location||Creek Street, Married Man's Trail and Totem Way, Ketchikan, Alaska|
|NRHP reference #||14000454|
|Added to NRHP||August 6, 2014|
Description and History
Creek Street is infamous as being Ketchikan's red light district, roughly between 1903 and 1954, and some of its attractions are commemorations of this past. Its origins lie in a 1903 city ordinance banishing brothels from the city center to the "Indian Town" area on the east side of the creek, and it operated until the brothels were outlawed and shut down in 1954. Numerous houses of prostitution sprang up on this difficult terrain, supported by wooden stilts. Famous among them is The Star, which was one of the largest of these businesses, and Dolly's House, which is now a museum. Winding into the hills above Creek Street is Married Man's Way, a trail used by patrons of the brothels to escape raids.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Creek Street Ketchikan". Fish Creek Company. Retrieved 2014-11-15.[dead link]
- "NRHP nomination for Creek Street Historic District". National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-09-17.[dead link] and accompanying photos[dead link]
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