For travelers on the Alaska Highway, Tok is the first town they visit after crossing the Canada border into Alaska, making it a primary trade and service center.

Tok began as a construction camp on the Alcan Highway in 1942. One of the largest such camps on the pioneer road, it was called “Million Dollar Camp,” a reference to the cost of equipping and maintaining it. Highway engineer C.G. Polk was sent to Fairbanks in May of 1942, to take charge of Alaska construction and start work on the road between Tok Junction and Big Delta.

Photo by Serine Reeves.

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