Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan, one of the most beautiful cities in the whole of U.S attracts a multitude of tourists from all over the world. It is sited on the Revillagigedo Island in Alaska. Its history dates back to the year 1886 when the first salmon cannery was built and by the year 1930 there was a flourishing fishing industry in the town with a large number of canneries operating. Areas surrounding Ketchikan are rich in gold and timber but it became apparent that the real attraction of Ketchikan was not gold or timber but Salmon and soon the place made its mark as a fisherman’s paradise. Fishing industry had to see a period of decline as a result of overfishing and many of the canneries had to shut down in 1940. This however drew attention to the enormous wood reserves and in 1954; one of the biggest pulp mills in the world was established. This too was closed down as a result of obsolete equipments and severe environmental regulations. (Thompson, 2008).
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