Southeastern Alaska [Inland Passage] Part I [Man-Made]


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This inclined rail was the "best" way to go to our hotel [Hotel Westmark] in Ketchikan [above], since the cliff is rather steep to climb!


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This is Dolly's House (in operation until the 1950's) as seen from the bridge across "Creek Street" in Ketchikan. The back path to this street was called "Married Man's Trail", and it is said that both miners and salmon came here to spawn. However, we didn't see either of them. One can tour the facilities for [no doubt] a quite modest charge!


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The T'lingit people had no written language, and passed their stories to future generations through totem poles.


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Next to the above totem pole is one of Secretary of State Seward, sitting on top of an empty pole and represented as a fool, because he failed to give a POTLATCH after he attended one when invited to Alaska, shortly after its purchase in 1867. It is not a good thing to trifle with the customs of the T'lingit people! These totem poles are found at the Saxman Native Totem Park near Ketchikan.


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The sign says not to feed the bears, but some people never listen!


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This is "our boat", alias the Spirit of Alaska, as operated by Cruise West Tours. We highly recommend this type of cruise on the Inland Passage on a relatively small ship.


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Russian Orthodox Church [with original Icons] in Sitka. The Russians were able to hold Sitka, but were unable to obtain additional territory from the warlike T'lingit tribe. When the T'lingits were unable to drive the Russians away, they simply moved in around them, and watched them carefully. Interestingly, the T'lingits did not join the Russian Orthodox Church in significant numbers, but several other tribes did.


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This super-snowblower-train is used on the White Pass and Yukon Route from Skagway to White Pass [British Columbia]. It works well in up to 12 feet [3.5 meters] of snow, but the snow must be dug by hand if it gets any deeper, down to that depth.


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This steam train was traditionally used to make the run from Skagway to White Pass. These days, it makes a ceremonial trip through the town to the train yard at the edge of town.


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The front of our train [diesel engine to make the steep grade] has reached the wooden trestle that was built over a century ago. Will we make it across the trestle, into the tunnel, and on to White Pass?


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Float plane landing on the inlet at Juneau, Alaska.


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Mount Roberts Tramway goes up the side of the mountain at Juneau, Alaska. The lifts are named after the T'lingit "people of the wolf", and "people of the raven", who are not permitted to intermarry.