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  • Writer's pictureLynn Lovegreen

Petersburg, Alaska

Last week, I featured Sitka ( Continuing our tour of Southeast Alaska, we’ll move on to Petersburg today.

Petersburg was founded by Peter Buschmann, who started a cannery there in 1897. He and other settlers gave the town a Norwegian flavor that persists today. We stayed in Scandia House, which started business in 1900. The Sons of Norway are still active in the community. But other settlers also contributed to Petersburg. Sing Lee Alley was named for the Asian businesses built on that street. Alaska Natives were some of the first cannery workers, and civil rights icon Elizabeth Peratrovich was born here.

Petersburg is primarily a fishing and fish processing town, but there’s still plenty for tourists to do and see here. Its friendly charm makes it well worth a stop. You might want to time your visit during the Little Norway Festival or the Fourth of July celebration!

Here are a few photos for you:

Scandia House hotel, three-story building with Norwegian and US flags
Scandia House

Sing Lee Alley Books & Gifts, Victorian style house and picket fence
Sing Lee Alley Books & Gifts

Sons of Norway Hall with Norwegian flag and painted shutters
Sons of Norway Hall

One of three boat harbors, small boats docked in slips
One of three boat harbors

View of Frederick Sound, calm water with cascading mountains and misty clouds
View of Frederick Sound

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