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Sign Post Forest, Watson Lake

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See the collection of over 100,000 signs at Sign Post Forest, a tradition dating back to the Alaska Highway Project. In 1942, Private Carl K. Lindley went to repair one sign, and added another directing to his hometown. This, in turn, inspired people to post other signs here. Today, the practice continues, and you can see various signs from all over the world. Add your own to the huge collection of street signs, welcome signs, and license plates. Find about the history of the Alaska Highway at the interpretative center, which exhibits photos, and murals. Use our Watson Lake trip generator to visit Sign Post Forest on your trip to Watson Lake, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This place was started when a soldier from Illinois missed his home town and put a sign up. This has continued and there are thousands of signs from all over the world. It is free and is a great place...  more »
  • Unique and interesting if you know the history behind it. A bit bewildering if you just stop and look around. If you understand that by this date many if the signs are from descendants of American sol...  more »
  • It was a bitterly cold day when I visited, but enjoyed it all the same. There is a lot of signs. If you are driving by, take a moment to stop. I was there off season, so that is all I can really say.  more »
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  • Interesting place to check out. Story is that Americans who were building the Alaska Highway were homesick and one worker posted the sign of his hometown. Soon, the others began doing the same until this place became known as the sign post forest. It's cool to walk around and see signs from all over the world. I believe you can leave your own sign but you have to arrange that with the visitor center. It's a lot bigger than I expected.
  • This place was more than I expected. I thought it was going to be a janky little place with signs etc. But once we got there and saw the massiveness of what it was we were blown away. It's fun to see signs you know from your home state or town and places you've been. Plan ahead and bring a sign if you wish to contribute. currently there are over 80,000 signs...That's impressive. Stop if you're in the area.
  • The sign post forest is a totally free spirited phenomenon. Just happened to find a couple from Aiken, SC where I used to live. It started out when some of the Alaska Highway builders placed signs indicating where they lived and many people have added over the years. Nothing spectacular, but signs from all over the world.
  • Nice place. Find your home place.
  • Worth a stop for sure, cuz it's probably on your way anyway. Chances are you'll see a sign you recognize that you didn't expect to ever see.