One of Alaska’s most interesting communities is North Pole, 15 miles southeast of Fairbanks. It is best known as the home of Santa Claus House but has a large number of businesses that cater to the traveling public. Restaurants, motels, campgrounds, supermarkets and a shopping center are located near the Richardson Highway.
North Pole has a population of about 2100. This area was first homesteaded in 1944 by a farmer named Bon Davis and his wife Bernice. In 1952, Dahl and Gaske Development Company purchased the Davis homestead, subdivided it and renamed it North Pole, in hopes of attracting a toy manufacturer to the area. The City was incorporated on January 15, 1953