Take Us Along Winner

Jack Koch

This week's Take Us Along winner is Jack Koch of Harlan, Ind., who took Indiana Auto & RV along on a trip to Alaska. He is on the right with a copy of Indiana Auto & RV. On the left is Mary Koch. The photo was taken in North Pole, Alaska.

Koch said the trip to Alaska was on their "bucket list." The drove a total of 9,167 miles round trip from Harlan to Alaska and back. North Pole, Alaska, is where the spirit of Christmas lives year round. Where the street lights are made of candy canes and Santa's Workshop is busy year round. North Pole is a suburb of Fairbanks and is a small city with a population of a little over 2,000. In the summer tourists flock there to visit The Santa Claus House, a gift shop that features the world's largest fiberglass statue of Mr. Claus. Streets in the town carry such names as Snowman Lane, Kris Kringle Drive and St. Nicholas Drive. The city was incorporated Jan. 15, 1953. A trading post had been opened on the highway in 1952, it later became known as The Santa Claus House and the rest is history. Thanks for taking us along!