OUTDOORS Capital City Weekly It is difficult, when standing on the Ketchikan Creek bridge overlooking Thomas Basin, to see the actual "mouth" of this creek. In the mid-1880s, when vast numbers of pink salmon returned there, they swarmed up a stream that rushed across an extensive tide flat extending over what is today Thomas Basin. Over the years the basin was dredged and much of the Federal building site and the building west of the basin are built on fill that now covers the tide flats.

Southeast History: Fishing Ketchikan Creek pre-township

A fishing crew hand pulling a seine.
Photo From Pat Roppel's Collection
A fishing crew hand pulling a seine.
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