Smokey Celebrates 71st Birthday

Smokey Bear, Capitan Postmaster Ralph Griffo, acting Post Office Operations Manager Paul Pantoja, and Smokey Bear Historical Park Manager Bennie Long.

Smokey Bear, Capitan Postmaster Ralph Griffo, acting Post Office Operations Manager Paul Pantoja, and Smokey Bear Historical Park Manager Bennie Long.

Recently, residents and visitors to the Capitan, NM, Post Office enjoyed a special treat – a visit from Smokey Bear.

Originally created in 1944, Smokey Bear has been an iconic symbol for preventing wildfires. When a fire devastated the southern part of New Mexico in 1950, firefighters managed to rescue a bear cub. Though partially burned, the cub was nursed back to health. Soon thereafter, the Forest Service and Game and Fish Department decided to make the cub the living symbol of Smokey Bear.

In celebration of Smokey Bear’s 71st birthday, a special postmark and commemorative envelope were offered to attendees of the 12th annual Smokey Bear Days event in Capitan on May 1 and 2.

“This Postmark America design will be a hit with visitors and area residents alike,” Capitan Postmaster Ralph Griffo said. “We’re proud to be able to help celebrate Smokey’s importance to our community and to the entire country.”

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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

     /  May 19, 2015

    He’s a good ol’ bear !!

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