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Hill City, South Dakota: 30-Foot-Tall Smokey Bear

30 feet tall sitting down. Built in only ten days by Jordan Dahl and six assistants in May 2021. Tourists can sit in Smokey's outstretched paw.

Jordan Dahl's Chainsaw Art

100 Main St., Hill City, SD
Jordan Dahl's Chainsaw Art. North edge of downtown, on the east side of US-385/Main St., at its intersection with Deerfield Rd.
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Smokey Bear.

Smokey Bear

Smokey Bear is very large and hand-made from wood. At Jordan Dahl's chainsaw place, the brothers who built the giant Bigfoot in Keystone.

[Jill Porter, 09/23/2021]

Jordan Dahl and six assistants built the 30-foot-tall Smokey, mascot ranger of the U.S. Forest Service, using the artist's distinctive layered wood shingle style.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Black Hills Institute - DinosaursBlack Hills Institute - Dinosaurs, Hill City, SD - < 1 mi.
Horse with Spoon NoseHorse with Spoon Nose, Hill City, SD - < 1 mi.
Crazy Horse MemorialCrazy Horse Memorial, Crazy Horse, SD - 7 mi.
In the region:
Black Hills Caverns, Rapid City, SD - 14 mi.

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