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Sign Post Forest

Alaska Hwy, British Columbia Canada

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Tue 8a-8p
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“thousands of sign posts!”

Sign Post Forest is a collection of signs at Watson Lake, Yukon and is one of the most famous of the landmarks along the Alaska Highway. It was started by a homesick GI in 1942. Visitors may add their own signs to the 100,000 already present. In 1942, a simple signpost pointing out the distances to various points along the tote road being built was damaged by a bulldozer. Private Carl K. Lindley, serving with the 341st Engineers, was ordered to repair the sign, and decided to personalize the job by adding a sign pointing towards his home town, Danville, Illinois, and giving the distance to it.  Several other people added directions to their home towns, and the idea has been snowballing ever since. The Sign Post Forest takes up a couple of acres, with huge new panels being constantly added, snaking through the trees. There are street signs, welcome signs, signatures on dinner plates, and license plates from around the world. In June 2012 the stage in the center of the forest was the site of an impromptu performance of the play Two Women on a Precipice. The playwright Karin Fazio Littlefield was delayed in attending the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska by mudslides on the Alaska Highway. Littlefield and her fellow actors performed the piece for travelers who were likewise stranded in Watson Lake by the mudslides.

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Reviewed by
DanoLS

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
October 24, 2014

My Gparents left a sign there in 1958.."Alaska or Bust" :)

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Reviewed by
Jessica Weirich

  • 2 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
May 14, 2016
Rated 5.0

Neat place to stop.So many cool signs.We came prepared and left out home town sign.

1 person found this review helpful

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SurfRatVT

  • 23 Reviews
  • 16 Helpful
May 01, 2016
Rated 5.0

Right off the main highway. Nice place to stop for lunch if you just need a picnic table. The people that run it are super helpful and have pamphlets and cheat sheets for where ever your next destination is. They also lend you a hammer and nail if you want to put a sign up!

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Sign Post Forest

Alaska Hwy
British Columbia
Canada

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Open now until 8:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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