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Smokey Bear sketches find a home in the Falls

By Hannah Olson
The International Falls Journal
August 29, 2019
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: US East, United States

On Oct. 13, 1954, the day the beloved statue of Smokey Bear was erected in International Falls, Christine Anderson…and her brother sat posed together with their mother, at the concrete base of the newly installed statue, which was designed by their father, Norman Anderson. Nearly 65 years later, the siblings once again sat together at the base of Smokey Bear. The Anderson siblings were back in the Falls this week, after making the trek to Koochiching County Museums to deliver original sketches made by their father for the construction of the Smokey Bear statue. The drawings and photographs were rediscovered after their mother, Ardys Anderson, died last August. …Smokey Bear himself has held up over the years but was victim to fire damage in the 1970s, when local vandals lit his rear-end on fire.

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