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Alaska BoroughsThe U.S. state of Alaska is not divided into counties, as are 48 other states, but it is divided into boroughs (Louisiana is divided into parishes). Many of the more densely populated parts of the state are part of Alaska's sixteen boroughs, which function somewhat similarly to counties in other states.
Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska
Ketchikan Gateway Borough History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of Borough Name
Ketchikan was named after Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the town. Ketchikan comes from the Tlingit name for the creek, Kitschk-hin, which means "spread wings of a prostrate eagle", which is said to regard to an outlined likeness of this image created by some nearby stream's course.
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History of Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska
Ketchikan is Alaska's fifth-largest city in terms of population, and is located in Ketchikan the Gateway Borough. Ketchikan, whose growth is based upon tourism and fishing, is known as the "King Salmon Capital of the World." The Misty Fjords National Monument is one of the area's most major attractions.
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"