True Story: The idiots that originally settled there didn't know how to spell Ptarmigan . . . .
I work there and I've no clue how this place got it's name:
There are 5 people (permanent), 5000 oil workers (transient), 1000 caribou, 20 grizzlies, a dozen polar bears, hundred of thousands of birds . . . and not one gawddamn horse . . . dead or alive
Legend says, at the outbreak of WW2, the resident shortened the name form Tokyo, Alaska to Tok - the apparent reasons are obvious.
Skagway, Alaska. In Tlingit Indian it apparently means Home of the North Wind. Now, having grown up there I can attest to the wind. And having visited since adulthood, I can vouch for the Skags as well . . .
FOR THOSE THAT FOUGHT FOR IT, FREEDOM HAS A FLAVOR THE PROTECTED WILL NEVER KNOW OR UNDERSTAND