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Capitan in Lincoln County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Smokey Bear Historical Park

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, July 24, 2011
1. Smokey Bear Historical Park Marker
Inscription.  This park commemorates Smokey Bear and describes the history and development of this national symbol of forest fire protection. The original Smokey is buried here within sight of the mountain where he was found orphaned by a fire raging in the Lincoln National Forest. The park offers extensive historical exhibits as well as a trail that identifies native plants.
 
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division. (Marker Number 480.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places.
 
Location. 33° 32.738′ N, 105° 34.408′ W. Marker is in Capitan, New Mexico, in Lincoln County. Marker is on Smokey Bear Boulevard (U.S. 380 at milepost 85), on the left when traveling east. Marker is near the entrance to the Smokey the Bear Gift Shop. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 118 Smokey Bear Boulevard, Capitan NM 88316, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Smokey Bear (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Capitán (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker
Smokey Bear Historical Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 24, 2011
2. Smokey Bear Historical Park Marker
Both sides of this marker are the same.
also named Capitán (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named Capitán (approx. 1.6 miles away); Japanese Segregation Camp No. 1 (approx. 4.2 miles away); CCC Camp/German Internment Camp (approx. 4.4 miles away); Chapel (approx. 4.4 miles away); Officer's Quarters (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Capitan.
 
Smokey Bear Historical Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 24, 2011
3. Smokey Bear Historical Park Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 10, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 646 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on July 5, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 10, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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