Front street 1924.
Can you find it now?
In June my wife and I, along with som friends, are going on an Alaska cruise. One of our stops will be Ketchikan. I'm going to go see if Front Street still looks anything like the photo.
That's a really cool photo Herb. Thanks!
Henry, I will also be on a late June/early July Alaska cruise through Ketchikan. It's on Princess Cruise lines.
If I got the right view, it looks like it's gone residential:
We sail on the Golden Princess June 1. .
It will be our first cruise, so we're looking forward to it.
It's my first Alaska cruise! Coral Princess on June 24! Looking forward to it. Hope to pan some gold in Ketchikan.
It's here on Front St. It looks like the building in the modern photo that says Alaskan Heritage MIGHT be the same as the one in the old. Also, a couple of the houses on the hill are the same. Other than that - pretty different. No monster cruise ship in the old picture!
Well done, Chris, I knew there must have been something wrong with the view that I found.
There is a model T tour to Alaska this year, run by the Southern California club. Inland passage to Haines then 2000 miles in the Ts through Tok, Fairbanks, Denali, kenai, then back on the inland ferry.
They have modified the turret but looks like you are spot on. There is a tunnel at the end of the street now but you can climb the stairs if you want.
Ken in Texas
And there this photo which says it was taken on July 4th 1917. Note the banner is campaigning for a car ferry. The link is:
I missed it the first time I looked at the picture but the story says it is a Cordell transfer truck...
There was this little interesting Ford story though...
when one of early Ketchikan's leading citizens couldn't get his sputtering and stalling Ford up the steep street to his home, he'd back it uphill in roaring reverse gear to the cheers of onlookers and the children running alongside it. Ketchikan was so enamored of the automobile that in the 1920s the city fathers actually considered blasting the boulders out of the impossibly steep Edmonds Street and paving it as a thoroughfare! And it may be myth, but it was also said that J.R. Heckman had a fear of backing his car out of his garage, so he installed a turntable so he could push the car around and drive out head first!
Really interesting stuff Brian. Even though the caption on that photo dates it July 4, 1917 I think it's a little later. That's a TT, and it doesn't look to be new in the photo. I'd guess maybe early 1920's.
Thanks for posting!!
If you stop at Skagway (more than likely) there are three things I advise to see. The Red Onion Saloon tour, The White Pass and Yukon Route train ride, and the Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp & Salmon Bake. Best open air grilled salmon ever.
The wife at the Red Onion:
Railroad ride: www.wpyr.com
Bring a warm jacket and hat. The panhandle of Alaska is much cooler than farther north at Anchorage. Anchorage is a beautiful city. Lots of flowers and color.
The Pioneer Hotel in the first picture is still listed as being at 118 Front street.
Caribbean Gems in the latest picture is at 212 Front street so the hotel must be close.
In the first old photo, I noticed the interesting mounting of the licence plate on the T Truck. I guess it was to double as a sunshade. And the two cars to the right look like a matching pair of Centerdoor Sedans. I bet they were part of a taxi service.
We were there two years ago, Ketchican was a tourist trap..... jade and other jems were selling at top price.
Is it just me, or does that road look like it's made of wood planks?
I agree with you Mark. I think it is/was wood. Probably their answer to all the permafrost issues. Pretty neat, except watch out for flying toothpicks during an earthquake!!
Gary White,When in Skagway Try and find Jim Hamilton who drives the Steam engine tour on the White Pass and Yukon RR!! Jim has a extreemly nice 15 touring in Skagway!!!! Bud in Wheeler,Mi.
Ken: Met Jim Hamilton At Skagway while he was working on the Railroad. !!!
When you are in Ketchikan stop by the museum and see this photo:
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Bud, We were in Skagway in 2008. Would've been nice to have met him. Our traveling days are pretty well behind us now. Getting up in age but mainly wife won't fly anymore. She has had it with all the hassle.
Bob, All the ports are tourist traps. Same shops in each. 80% of shops/stores have no relativity to Alaska. Have to try and look beyond it.
We went in 2006 and when i was buying fuel i met Jim when he spotted my MTFCI jackett! Bob,does he still have that great 15?? Someday getting back to Alaska is high on my list!! We have friends going back on a cruse but we drove and 5'th wheeled for 90 days. Bud in Wheeler,Mi.
Looks like the Pioneer Hotel moved from the original picture, then closed. In this picture Effy Jewelers is 122 Front St and Julie's is 120. This is a bit further south than the original picture.
And . . . I suppose wooden streets don't get muddy when they thaw.