Smokey the Bear - International Falls, Minnesota
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 48° 36.184 W 093° 24.517
15U E 469875 N 5383412
Quick Description: Nation's largest Smokey Bear statue in Smokey Bear Park in International Falls, Minnesota.
Location: Minnesota, United States
Date Posted: 2/10/2010 8:35:05 PM
Waymark Code: WM872E
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member condor1
Views: 7

Long Description:
This 26-foot tall statue of Smokey Bear is largest of its kind in the country. The statue was erected in 1953 as a project of the Koochiching County's Keep Minnesota Green Committee. The Smokey Bear is wearing blue pants and a ranger hat. He is holding a shovel in his left hand and his right hand is raised to signal "Stop". Standing next to Smokey are two smaller cubs. On the base is the inscription: Smokey Says "Prevent Forest Fires"
TITLE: Smokey the Bear

ARTIST(S): Gordon Shumaker, sculptor.

DATE: 1953 sign 1954 website

MEDIUM: Sculpture: painted fiberglass over steel frame; Base: painted concrete.

CONTROL NUMBER: IAS MN000034

Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
Smokey Bear Park 3rd Street & 6th Avenue International Falls, Minnesota


DIFFERENCES NOTED BETWEEN THE INVENTORY LISTING AND YOUR OBSERVATIONS AND RESEARCH:
The correct name for the sculpture is Smokey Bear not Smokey the Bear. Date difference noted in inventory.


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