Riverboat tours are Wrangell's economic future


Riverboats have operated on the Stikine since the gold rush days of the 1860s and 1870s. The commerce was a big part of Wrangell’s economy in those days, with a long history of family-owned businesses moving people and freight up and down the river to and from Canada for 100 years.

And long before that, the river, which provided a natural passageway through the Coast Mountains, was used as a trade route by Indigenous peoples. The Tlingit and Tahltan knew the value of the river.

Wrangell was a hub, with the Stikine serving as the equivalent of an airport, highway and ferry terminal before...

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Kimberly Metcalfe writes:

Be careful what you wish for. I hope the large cruise ship operations never “discover” Wrangell. Downtown Juneau is like New Orleans’s Bourbon Street. Crowded and noisy, indiscriminate Covid spreaders. My downtown neighborhood is overrun by tourists vehicles—one day in June saw 499 trips through our narrow streets. Wrangell and the Stikine River are world class destinations. Major cruise lines will make a Disneyland out of your paradise.


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