8 Replies Latest reply on Jan 12, 2021 6:11 PM by Catherine Kisluk

    Are arrow-shaped park signs still used?

    Catherine Kisluk Newbie

      I want to know if there are still any arrow shaped park signs manufactured by Cal Craft (International) out of Washington State that are still in National Parks. These were made by William Calhoun in the late 1970s into the 1980s.  Any Information would be helpful. Thank You!

        • Re: Are arrow-shaped park signs still used?
          Alice Lane Tracker

          Hi Catherine,

          Welcome to History Hub

           

          Found this information for you.

          National Park Arrowheads | Wood Product Signs

          Stated on website: We are not permitted to sell Arrowheads to the public

           

          Alice Lane

          Research Volunteer

           

           

          • Re: Are arrow-shaped park signs still used?
            Catherine Kisluk Newbie

            Here is some more information -

             

            Found out more. The Cal Craft associated with my grandfather was not international, but was probably an Inc operating from aprox 1980- early 90s. He made NFS signs as well. They were either wood or resin and routed and sandblasted and handpainted.

            Some of the parks we believe he made signs for were Yellowstone, Glacier, Mount Rainier. There is a chance some were sent to Idaho and Utah as well. We do know he made signs for Camp David and could have possibly done so for other military bases.

             

             

            • Re: Are arrow-shaped park signs still used?
              Catherine Kisluk Newbie

              BTW not the NPS Arrowhead, but signs that are shaped like an arrow .

              Thank you!

              • Re: Are arrow-shaped park signs still used?
                Alice Lane Tracker

                Hi again Catherine

                There is a Cal Craft International in California but they make hanging  stained glass ornaments and etc.

                I found William Mein Calhoun's Obituary, are you a relative?

                William Calhoun

                William Mein Calhoun, 68, of Indianola died April 26, 2001, at Harrison Hospital.

                He was born Dec. 16, 1932, in Olympia to George and Gladys (Wasson) Calhoun. He was educated in Olympia.

                He married Margaret Witham.

                Mr. Calhoun served in the Navy from 1950 to 1972, achieving the rank of lieutenant commander. He received the Presidential Service Badge and two Good Conduct medals.

                Mr. Calhoun was the chief communications officer in the White House under both the Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon administrations. Following his retirement from the Navy, he owned a sign company, Calcraft Co., retiring in 1995.

                Survivors include his wife; three sons, Scott of Seaview, Erle of Eugene, Ore., and Arthur of Longview; a daughter, Donna Petrillo of Copper Center, Alaska; a stepson, Charlie Davis of Pasadena, Md.; three stepdaughters, Averil Story of Kingston, Lauriann Moore of Poulsbo and Dianna Cox of Indianola; and 15 grandchildren.

                At his request, no service is planned. Cremation is under the direction of Poulsbo Mortuary, The Stone Chapel at Cherry Grove Memorial Park.

                Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 2383, Bremerton, WA 98310.

                 

                Alice Lane

                Research Volunteer

                • Re: Are arrow-shaped park signs still used?
                  Jason Atkinson Pioneer

                  Dear Ms. Kisluk,

                   

                  Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

                   

                  We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 2 items in the Records of the National Parks Service (Record Group 79) that pertain to “arrow signs” from the 1980s through the 2000s.  We also located 777 file units & 43339 items in Record Group 79 that relate to signs from the 1980s through the 2000s. Most of these records are digitized and are available via the Catalog. If you have questions about any specific records, please contact the unit listed in the Catalog description. We also searched for “Cal Craft” in Record Group 79 but were unable to locate any records.

                   

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                  We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!