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Estes Ark- 521 Lone Pine Drive - Estes Park, Colorado 80517 USA - - - Phone: 970-586-6483 Fax: 970-586-2728.

Sunday 10:00 am - 5 pm
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Wednesday 10:00 am - 5 pm
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Friday 10:00 am - 6 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6 pm

Black Friday Hours 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Small Business Saturday Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m Sunday November 29th 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Toy plush stuffed animals, teddy bears, collectibles, Noahs Ark figurines, music for kids, puzzles, puppets, cats, dogs, horses, sock monkey, elephants, giraffe, zebra, baby gifts available on board Estes Ark home of The Talking Teddy. Teddy bears, Noahs ark, stuffed animals, toys from Boyds, Douglas, Fiesta, Folkmanis, Fun Tunes, Gund, North American Bear, Schleich, Stranger in the Woods, Steiff, Wildlife Artists. Featuring: Muffy VanderBear, VIB's, Winnie the Pooh, Paddington, Smokey, Peef, Corduroy, Yogi Bear, Puppets, Coke Polar Bears. Slot cars from: Champion, JK, Parma, Scalextric.

SMOKEY BEAR - Only You Can Prevent Wild Fires


Vintage Smokey by Dakin


Vintage Smokey Bear Bank - small


Smokey Bear Soaky


Mohair SMOKEY BEAR by Cooperstown


Plush Smokey by Three Bears


Smokey Bear by Knickerbocker


Small Smokey Bear


Smokey Bear Beanie


Smokey Key Ring


Smokey reads his mail - Figurine


Smokey Bear Figurine with Shovel


Smokey Bear "Only You" Tin Sign


Smokey Bear Switch Plate


"Prevent Forest Fires" Tin Sign


Smokey Bear "One Match" Tin Sign


Smokey Bear Bandana


Smokey Bear Bibs for Toddlers


Smokey T-Shirt : SMOKEY & FRIENDS - for Kids


Smokey T-Shirt : BE CAREFUL - for Kids


Smokey T-Shirt : SMOKEY for Kids & Adults


Smokey Polo Shirt - for Adults


Smokey - Remember Key Ring


Smokey - Careless Match Key Ring


Smokey turns 65 cards


Smokey Welcome Cards


Smokey America Cards


White Pine Smokey Bear Tree Kit


Scotch Pine Smokey Bear Tree Kit


Blue Spruce Smokey Bear Tree Kit


Colorado Blue Spruce Smokey Bear Tree Kit

Smokey Bear (often unofficially referred to as Smokey the Bear) is a mascot of the United States Forest Service created to educate the public on the dangers of forest fires. Smokey Bear's message "Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires" was created in 1944 by the Ad Council. Smokey's correct full name is Smokey Bear. In 1952, the songwriters Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins had a hit with "Smokey the Bear". The pair said that "the" was added to Smokey's name to keep the song's rhythm. This small change has caused confusion among Smokey fans ever since. Though the US Forest Service fought wildfires long before World War II, the war brought a new importance and urgency to the effort. The forest service began using colorful posters as a way to educate Americans about the dangers of forest fires. Since most able-bodied men were already serving in the armed forces, none could be spared to fight fires on the West Coast. The hope was that local communities, educated about the danger of forest fires, could prevent them from starting in the first place. Smokey's debut poster was released on August 9, 1944, which is considered his birthday. Overseen by the Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Campaign, the first poster was illustrated by Albert Staehle. In it Smokey was depicted wearing jeans and a campaign hat, pouring a bucket of water on a campfire. The message underneath reads, "Smokey says: Care will prevent 9 out of 10 forest fires!" Also in 1944, Forest Service worker Rudy Wendelin became the full time campaign artist; he was considered Smokey Bear's "caretaker" until he retired in 1973. In 1947, the iconic motto now associated with Smokey Bear was finally coined: "Remember...only YOU can prevent forest fires." 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 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, Smokey's remains were returned by the government to Capitan, New Mexico, and buried at what is now the Smokey Bear Historical Park.

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