If you’ve driven by a Forest Service road sign in the southwest United States, chances are it was made by Phil Archuletta.
He was working at Ojo Caliente Craftsmen in the early 1970s when the Forest Service first asked the business to manufacture road signs.
“I thought it would just be a contract for the Carson and Santa Fe National Forests, but it turned out to be the entire Region 3 of New Mexico and Arizona,” Archuletta said. “Before I knew it, I was filling purchase orders from 12 different forests. It helped create a lot of jobs for that rural community.”