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Smokey Bear Frolicking in a Pool, by Schroeder, Francine, c. 1950s, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 92-3559.

June 29, 1950

Smokey Bear, a four-month-old orphaned black cub rescued from a forest fire in Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico, arrives at the National Zoological Park. The National Park Service erects an exhibit next to Smokey's cage, and the bear becomes a famous symbol of fire prevention. Smokey dies in 1976 and is replaced by Smokey Bear II.More

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