Creek Street History
By Robert Patton
February 03, 2006
I read your account of the history of Creek St. with great interest,
but was surprised to read that prostitution ended in 1953. I
arrived in Ketchikan in 1956 after several weeks fishing for
salmon on a seiner out of Petersburg. I reached Ketchikan with
less than $30, having experienced the worst season for salmon
in many years.
I was working my way down the coast on a fish buyer operated
by a cannery. I was only 17 and had little experience with the
seamier side of life so I received stories from other crew members
with a grain of salt. Creek St., they said, was lined with brothels.
I expressed my doubt and was told that all I had to do was look
up the boardwalk and I would see the girls leaning out of windows
actively soliciting business.
I had to see this for myself and see it I did. If the city fathers
had cleaned up the area three years before, they were not very
good at follow up. Just as I had been told, the girls were very
much in evidence. I admit that I didn't patronize any of the
establishments, but I saw the women and it was pretty clear what
they were up to.
St. Johnsbury, VT - USA
About:Robert Patton is a writer who saw Creek Street in 1956.
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