It started in 1942, during the construction of the Alaska Highway. A smart guy erected a sign post with the distance to his or his sweetie’s hometown. And another fellow added his, then a dozen more did the same. The idea seemed to catch on and additional posts went up.
This was the simple beginning of the Sign Post Forest. It is today a monument with hundreds of posts and a few pieces of road-building machinery in the center. There are over 75,000 signs from all over the world, and more added every year.
We visited the Sign Post Forest on our walking tour of Watson Lake a few days ago and thought, “We can add a good sign”. That evening Debbie free-handed a sketch of our trailer’s profile and Jim cut it from a sheet of aluminum he’s been toting for years. He engraved and inked the text and date, and sprayed three coats of urethane sealant on the sign.
Our sign turned out really great. It is the size of an American license plate but thicker. The sign faces north so shouldn’t be subjected to much fade from UV. It looks nice. We jotted down the gps coordinates so we can visit it again — otherwise, signs seem pretty tough to find in this dense sign post forest.
Jim and Debbie
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