Let's take a trip to the North Pole! Alaska, that is. Located in the Fairbanks area, the North Pole is a popular tourist destination. The most famous attraction is the gift shop seen in today's two photos: the Santa Claus House! A man named Conrad B. Miller (are you taking notes?) opened a trading post in 1952 that eventually because the Santa Claus House; that must have been just a few years before this first photo was taken. I love the "roadside" feel that this picture evokes!
This second photo was snapped more than a decade later, but things hadn't changed much! A candy-cane striped pole was added to the top of the structure (probably as a response to the millions of insane visitors who inquired as to the location of "the pole"). But the road was still unpaved.
Out of curiosity, I did a search on the Google. Here's the Santa Claus House today. Wha' happen?!