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Friday, June 23, 2017

The Company Who Makes National Park and Smokey Bear Signs

Above, the entrance sign to Joshua Tree National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Ever wondered where those iconic Smokey Bear and national park signs come from? 

Marketplace.org has an article on the company who produces those signs. It is Wood Product Signs and Rocky Mountain Aluminum of Parlin, Colorado

It begins with:
Everyone recognizes Smokey Bear, the lovable National Parks mascot who warns visitors about the dangers of forest fires. But where do those friendly anthropomorphic bear cutouts come from? 
Today, we talk to the company that makes a lot of the signs that show up at the entrances to National Parks and Forests. About 25-thousand signs and markers last year, actually, all from their Parlin, Colorado-based workshop, including of course those iconic Smokey Bear cutouts. 
To read more, go here

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