August 6, 2014

Happy Birthday, Smokey!

Smokey Bear became the fire prevention symbol of the U.S. Forest Service 70 years ago. On August 9, 1944, the "standards" for the new icon were established, including his stiff-brimmed hat.

A few years later a bear cub who survived a wildfire was given a home in the National Zoo and named Smokey. I saw him when I was a child, so I feel a fondness for this guy. This sign stands along Route 340 not far from the north entrance to Skyline Drive.

Linking to: Signs, Signs


  1. 70 yrs - that's pretty cool. :)

  2. I'm glad Smokey has been around these 70 years to help us remember to do our part to protect the forests.

  3. Smokey was a young cub when I was a young lad! Tom The Backroads Traveller

  4. Amazing bit of trivia. I didn't realize that someone is actually older than I am!!! Happy Birthday Smokey!!!

    Also, loved your landscape post below this one. And, thanks for visiting with me at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

  5. i remember working on smokey the bear posters with a friend from school back in elementary school! i also remember that's when i learned the definition of prevent! funny, i used a bear sign in my sign post too!

  6. What a cute and fun post. Perfect for Outdoor Wednesday.
    I always loved Smokey!
    I tried to link for O.W. but the linky doesn't work.
    I hope you'll visit me anyway.


  7. Smokey is getting up there in years. He isn't all that much older than I am.


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