Smokey Bear Historic Marker
Capitan, Lincoln County, New Mexico
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.
The Smokey Bear Historic Marker can be
reached from the intersection of Smokey Bear Boulevard (US-380)
and Stanton Avenue (County Route 206). The Marker is to the rear
of Smokey Bear Historical Park.