Clark's Trading Post
In 1928 Florence and Ed Clark opened a roadside attraction for White Mountain travelers in Lincoln NH. "Ed Clark's Eskimo Sled Dog Ranch," featured guided tours of their pure-bred Eskimo sled dogs and artifacts from the far North. The original "Stand", or Trading Post, offered souvenirs, tonic, and maple candy to the motorists on nearby Route 3.
Florence and Ed purchased their first Black Bear in 1931. Clark's Bears acted as the perfect "stopper," a visible attraction, gaining the attention of the curious passer-by. Starting in 1949 Edward and Murray, sons of Florence and Ed, began teaching and training the bears for show work. The Clark brothers and their bears, delighted guests with a healthy dose of wit, humor, and hospitality as they entertained and educated the audience. The Bear Show was born!
Generations later, that philosophy lives on as the Clark's offer visitors the best in family entertainment and good honest fun. You can find up to 20 family members still working at the business to this day keeping the family business going. We are now on the fifth generation and hope to continue to entertain guests for years to come.
Remembering Ed and Murray Clark
Edward M. Clark 1924- 2009
W. Murray Clark 1927-2010
With vision, hard work and Yankee ingenuity, Edward M. and W. Murray Clark transformed a roadside attraction into the popular tourist destination it is today.
They leave behind a family dedicated to continuing the tradition of "Gold Standard Entertainment" for generations to come.
Read more about Ed and Murray...
A Winter Habitat for Clark's Bears
As part of our ongoing commitment to providing the best possible care and conditions for our black bears, we are pleased to announce that the finishing touches on new winter quarters for the bears have been completed.
The new spacious accommodations will house the bears, off public display, when they are not performing in the famous Clark's Bear Show.
Clark's Trading Post has been picked by the editors of Yankee Magazine's Travel Guide to New England as best of the region!
Clark's was included among regional restaurants, lodging, attractions, museums and shops that, according to the travel experts at Yankee Magazine's Travel Guide, are not to be missed!