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

Smokey Bear

 
 
Smokey Bear Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, August 10, 2005
1. Smokey Bear Marker
Inscription. This is the resting place of the first living Smokey Bear. In 1950 when Smokey was a tiny cub, wildfire burned his forest home in the nearby Capitan Mountains of the Lincoln National Forest. Firefighters found the badly burned cub clinging to a blackened tree and saved his life. In June 1950,the cub was flown to our Nation's Capitol to become the living symbol of wildfire prevention and wildlife conservation. After 25 years he was replaced by another orphaned black bear from the Lincoln National Forest.
 
Erected 1976.
 
Location. 33° 32.784′ N, 105° 34.463′ W. Marker is in Capitan, New Mexico, in Lincoln County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Smokey Bear Boulevard (U.S. 380) and Stanton Avenue (County Road 206). Touch for map. Marker is to the rear of the Smokey Bear Museum and gift shop. Marker is at or near this postal address: 118 Smokey Bear Blvd, Capitan NM 88316, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Smokey Bear Historical Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Capitán (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Capitán (approx. 0.7 miles away); a
Smokey Bear Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, August 10, 2005
2. Smokey Bear Marker
different marker also named Capitán (approx. 1˝ miles away); CCC Camp/German Internment Camp (approx. 4.4 miles away); Chapel (approx. 4˝ miles away); Officer's Quarters (approx. 4˝ miles away); Commanding Officer's Quarters (approx. 4˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Capitan.
 
Regarding Smokey Bear. Smokey Bear is the national symbol of the National Parks Service's efforts to prevent forest fires, protect wildlife and conserve natural resources. The powerful print ad and poster campaign began in 1944, six years before the living Smokey Bear mentioned on this marker was found atop a charred tree in the Lincoln National Forest.
 
Also see . . .
1. Village of Capitan New Mexico. Smokey Bear Museum and Gift Shop information. (Submitted on December 4, 2009, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.) 

2. New Mexico Legends. (Submitted on December 4, 2009, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.)
3. An agency icon at 50. A humorous look at the 50th Anniversary of the Smokey the Bear campaign to reduce forest fires. An essay written
Rendering of Smokey in the tree as he was found image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, August 10, 2005
3. Rendering of Smokey in the tree as he was found
by Jim Carrier for the October 03, 1994 issue of High Country News. (Submitted on December 7, 2009.) 
 
Additional keywords. Forest Fires
 
Categories. AnimalsDisastersEnvironmentNatural Resources
 
Museum display of Smokey with the Ranger who found him. image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, August 10, 2005
4. Museum display of Smokey with the Ranger who found him.
Historical Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, August 10, 2005
5. Historical Park Sign
Marker is within the Smokey Bear Historical Park
Museum and Gift Shop image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, August 10, 2005
6. Museum and Gift Shop
Marker is to the rear of this building.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2009, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. This page has been viewed 1,467 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 4, 2009, by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Separate HMdb entry for the pedestal style historical marker near this marker. • Can you help?
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