6/28 Downtown RV Park; Watson Lake, Yukon

Made it to Watson Lake, Yukon on Tuesday 6/28. It was an interesting 8-hour ride on the Alaska Highway. 4 of those hours felt like we were on a roller coaster, I was not feeling very good. We were on steep and winding roads. The 2nd part of the trip was a lot more level, though still somewhat winding. Saw lots of wild life on the way.

The Sign Post Forest is Watson Lake’s most famous attraction. Travelers from around the world have been bringing signposts from their hometowns to the Sign Post Forest since 1942 and continue to do so today. The tradition began during the Alaska Highway Project in 1942, when U.S. soldier Carl K. Lindley spent time in Watson Lake recovering from an injury. A commanding officer asked him to repair and erect the directional signposts, and while completing the job, he added a sign that indicated the direction and mileage to his hometown of Danville, Illinois. Others followed suit, and the trend caught on.

In 1990, a couple from Ohio added the 10,000th sign in the Signpost Forest. Today, there are over 77,000 signs in the Forest, and the number grows each year as visitors contribute signs and continue the tradition. The Town of Watson Lake maintains the site, adding more sign posts as they fill up.

A time capsule and cairn was placed at the Sign Post Forest in 1992. It will be opened again in 2042.


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