Monday, January 25, 2010

I've Got Mail!

We saw this cute Smokey Bear decorated U.S. Post Box at the Smoky Bear Historical Park in Capitans, NM.  This was painted in 1984 on Smokey's 40th birthday.  This year is Smokey's 66th birthday!

Who can forget the famous slogan:  

Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires!

From Internet Wikipedia Encyclopedia:   The living symbol of Smokey Bear was an American black bear who in the spring of 1950 was caught in the Capitan Gap fire, a wildfire that burned 17,000 acres (69 km2) in the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico. The cub was in the Lincoln National Forest. Smokey had climbed a tree to escape the blaze, but his paws and hind legs had been burned. He was rescued by a game warden after the fire.
At first he was called "Hotfoot Teddy," but he was later renamed Smokey, after the mascot. A local rancher who had been helping fight the fire took the cub home with him, but he needed veterinary aid. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Ranger Ray Bell took him to Santa Fe. His wife, Ruth, and their children, Don and Judy, cared for the cub. The story was picked up by the national news services and Smokey became an instant celebrity. He and the Bells were featured in Life, cementing his star status. Soon after, Smokey was flown in a Piper Cub to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., where he lived for 26 years. Upon his death on November 9, 1976,[10] Smokey's remains were returned by the government to Capitan, New Mexico, and buried at what is now the Smokey Bear Historical Park.[11]

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  1. Not long before you leave on your holiday now. I guess you are really excited and the weather will be warmer for you too.
    Hope you have a good time and have lots of stories and pictures for us when you return.
    Drive carefully and stay safe. We'll all miss your cheery posts.

  2. Love this painted mailbox. We were in the Smokies a few years back and had a great time.