Welcome to Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska
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Welcome to the Genealogy Trails website for the Ketchikan Gateway Burough, Alaska.
Our goal is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers. This is a continuation of our original
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Cities and Towns
Ketchikan (borough seat)

Location and Climate
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough is located near the southernmost boundary of Alaska, in the Southeast Panhandle. It is comprised of the Cities of Ketchikan and Saxman.It lies at approximately 55.333330° North Latitude and -131.633330° West Longitude . The area encompasses 1,233.2 sq. miles of land and 520.8 sq. miles of water. The area lies in the maritime climate zone noted for its warm winters, cool summers, and heavy precipitation. Average summer temperatures range from 46 to 59; winter temperatures range from 29 to 48.

History, Culture and Demographics
Tongass and Cape Fox Tlingits have lived in the area historically. The abundant fish and timber resources have attracted non-Natives to Ketchikan.

The population of the community consists of 19.1% Alaska Native or part Native. The majority of Tlingits indigenous to the area live in Saxman.

Economy and Transportation
The Borough's economy is dependent upon tourism, fishing, fish processing and the wood products industry. Retail trade and government services also provide employment. 401 borough residents hold commercial fishing permits. Several processing and cold storage facilities support the fishing industry. Cruise ships bring over 650,000 visitors, and another 50,000 independent travelers visit Ketchikan each year.

Regularly-scheduled jet services offer three northbound and three southbound departures daily. The airport lies on Gravina Island, a 10-minute ferry ride to the waterfront. Ketchikan is a regional transportation hub, with numerous air taxi services to surrounding communities. There are four float plane landing facilities. Ketchikan is the first port of call in Alaska for cruise ships and Alaska Marine Highway vessels. Harbor and docking facilities include five small boat harbors, a deep draft dock, a dry dock and ship repair yard, and a State ferry terminal.

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Website Updates:
May 2012: obit for SEMAR
1905 Ketchikan Report to the Governor of Alaska; Passport Applications of Ketchikan Residents


Adjacent boroughs and census areas
Prince of Wales - Outer Ketchikan Census Area, Alaska

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