I hesitated to post the journaling that goes with these pages because it may be too much information for some. It is a brothel and I did write a little bit about the life of the madam. Please be warned that these layouts about "Dolly's House" are not appropriate for children.
No. 24 Creek Street, Ketchikan, was the residence of Dolly Arthur. Dolly worked on Creek Street where fishermen, miners, and some more genteel characters, found entertainment and feminine companionship. Creek Street and its red light district prospered form the 1920's to the 1950's.
Thelma Dolly Copeland was born in Idaho in 1888. She had an unhappy childhood and left home at thirteen, moving to Montana and then to Vancouver, B.C., where she worked as a waitress. A Junoesque beauty, she soon collected a retinue of male admirers and candidly admitted, "By the time I was 18 or 19, I realized that I could make a lot more money from the attention of men than I could waiting on tables." She moved to Ketchikan, changed her name to Dolly Arthur, and set up her establishment at 24 Creek Street in 1919.
Dolly's house, however, was not only the place where she conducted business but also her longtime home. Her claim to present fame was simply because of the more than 50 years she spent on Creek Street. She bought the house in 1919 and was still living there, alone, in the early '70s. She became the last of the former ladies of the line to remain in residence on the creek until her death, which was 20 years after the red-light district was finally closed for good in 1954.
She is probably Ketchikan's most famous person today. She lies at peace in plot 4949 in Bayview Cemetery with men, strangers, buried next to her on either side. She would like that. Dolly said her attraction for men was one of her best traits. "I just liked men and they liked me, too!"