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Tongass Trading Company, Ketchikan

Categories: Gift & Specialty Shops, Shopping
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
Founded in September, 1898 as "Strong & Johnstone Co." by Ketchikan pioneers Henry C. Strong and Frederick C. Johnstone, it was renamed Tongass Trading Company in 1900, and incorporated in October, 1901. At the turn of the century, Tongass Trading Company supplied the miners and mining camps throughout Southeast Alaska. In the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, Tongass Trading Company provided supplies, gear and storage to the commercial halibut fishing fleet, as well as household goods, clothes and groceries to local residents. In the mid and latter part of the 20th century, Tongass also supplied the booming logging camps of Southeast Alaska.

Through the years, Tongass Trading Company has kept pace with progress and the changing industries of Alaska. Today, Tongass Trading Company supplies commercial and sport fishing gear, hardware, furniture and clothing to industry and residents of Southeast Alaska. Additionally, Tongass Trading Company is a popular stop for cruise ship travelers looking for uniquely Alaskan curios, gifts and souvenirs.
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  • Big shop lots of things to purchase, be sure you look for the local discount book, it will have some great deals. If you can wait to get off the ship to make your purchase for a jacket or sweatshirt t...  read more »
  • Great place for lots of cute souvenirs and post cards, priced reasonably. Very helpful service and nice bags. 
  • Enjoyed the shopping at Tongass Trading Company! Great end of the season sales. Nice shopping bags too! 
  • I started at Tongass as a seasonal from Washington state. They have a good college/high school summer worker situation with company housing. Great place to work and shop. Probably best in all of the alaskan cruise ports. The further north you go the higher the prices. This place had everything i needed.
  • A tad on the expensive side for anything there. I suggest window shopping and hopping on ebay. You will save hundreds.
  • Great service and good items to buy.
  • Great.
  • Loved the store!!!
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