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    Holbrook Depot 1892

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 27, 2013

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    Built in 1892 by the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad of red sandstone, the depot was used by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway to transport passengers from and to the Grand Canyon, but sadly services stopped in 1971. The frieght rooms additions were added in 1912-1917 as traffic increased. These structures are of concrete and stucco, not nearly as pretty as the red sandstone. According to Wikipedia Geronimo boarded here to be moved to Florida. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holbrook_railroad_station

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    Petrified Forest National Park

    by Yaqui Written Oct 13, 2013

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    The park is just located right outside the Holbrook. You can enter the park from only two entrances. North entrance: from I-40 Exit 311 and the other is the south entrance off US 180.

    Here is a timeline:
    Captain Lorenzo Sitgreaves was the first to document finding petrified wood in this region.

1853: Lieutenant Amiel Whipple, during a government expedition to find a route for the railroad along the 35th Parallel, was the first to document petrified wood that would one day be included within Petrified Forest National Park. His expedition artist/naturalist, Balduin Möllhausen, was also the first to publish an account of the expedition with illustrations of the petrified wood.

1895: Congress turns down a bill to create a national park at Petrified Forest.

1900: The Department of the Interior publishes the Report on the Petrified Forests of Arizona by paleobotanist Lester F. Ward with his recommendations to protect the area.

1904-05: conservationist John Muir explores the Petrified Forest.

December 8, 1906: Petrified Forest National Monument was created by President Theodore Roosevelt stating that, …the mineralized remains of Mesozoic forests…are of the greatest scientific interest and value and it appears that the public good would be promoted by reserving these deposits of fossilized wood as a National monument with as much land as may be necessary for the proper protection thereof.

August 25, 1916: The National Park Service was created by the Organic Act approved by Congress and signed by President Woodrow Wilson. http://www.nps.gov/pefo/planyourvisit/brief-administrative-history.htm

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    Painted Desert

    by Yaqui Written Oct 13, 2013

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    The Painted Desert if part of the Petrified Forest National Park. It consists of more than 93,500 acres, with vast landscape featuring rocks with many beautiful colors from deep lavenders and rich grays to reds, oranges and even pinks.

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    Meet Wild Bill

    by Yaqui Written Oct 13, 2013

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    I saw a billboard on the way to the Petrified Forest National Park and it was advertising a fossilized Alligator called Wild Bill so I wanted to see this roadside wonder. I was not disappointed because it is real and free. Wild Bill, named after a friend of Gray family, Wild Bill is a fossilized Alligator approximately 2.9 millions years old and was found in Charlotte Co., Florida. The family bought Bill and brought him to his present home at Jim Gray's Petrified Wood Co. where he is has been entertaining the young and young at heart:)

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    Rainbow Rock Shop & Dinosaurs

    by Yaqui Written Oct 13, 2013

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    Located right on the corner of Navajo Blvd and US 180 is a neat little rock shop with these huge concrete dinosaurs who have graced this corner for over 20 years. It a great place to just stop and take some unique photo's. If you look around the building, you can see all type of rocks, petrified wood & Geodes available for sale. Also, they have a unique mural along the side of the rock shop.

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    Wigwam Motel

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 13, 2013

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    Wigwam Motel started in the 1950's by Chester E. Lewis and is still owned and operated by the Lewis family. This site is listed on National Register of Historic Places on May 2, 2002. It became very popular during its heyday of the Route 66 days. As a kid, I would sigh everytime we passed by this wonderful piece of Americana. It was fun to see it up close finally. We are planning to revisit this place again in the future. There were 6 other Tepee or Wigwam Villages located with two in Kentucky, one in Louisiana, one in Florida, one in Alabama, Tepee Motel in Texas, & one in California. Only Holbrooks~Arizona's Wigwam Motel, Cave City~Kentucky's Wigwam Village, Wharton, Texas Tepee Motel, & Wigwam Village in Rialto, California still survive. It was great to see this place has survived and still being enjoyed!

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    Don't Drive By And Miss This

    by painterdave Written Jul 17, 2013

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    You can see this park in a minimum of two hours, although more time would be nice. The tree stumps are so numerous, colorful and just about everywhere there is a parking area. You can take a short hike and wander through the areas, each one having a different kind of petrification.

    The first part of the park is dedicated to the Painted Desert. There is a drive through that takes 20 minutes with a few stops along the way.

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    Navajo County Museum (Other Displays)

    by Basaic Written Sep 5, 2012

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    The Navajo County Museum also houses several historical displays including: Pioneer items; a military room; the pony express; a school room; and a display about the town's saloons (the bucket of blood saloon was named after a gunfight where two Mexicans were killed).

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    Navajo County Museum (Old Courthouse)

    by Basaic Written Sep 5, 2012

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    The Navajo County Museum is located in the old Navajo County Courthouse and contains a few rooms showing the old courthouse. Hours for the museum are 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday and 8 AM to 4 PM Saturday and Sunday.

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    Holbrook and Navajo County

    by Basaic Written Sep 5, 2012

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    Holbrook is a town of over 5000 located along Interstate 40 in Northwest Arizona. Holbrook is the county seat of Navajo County. Holbrook was established in the early 1880s and was named after the first chief engineer of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad.

    The new county courthouse is located on the outskirts of town. The old courthouse is located in the historic district and is now the Navajo County Museum, and is much more interesting architecturally.

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    Painted Desert

    by Basaic Updated Mar 29, 2010

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    The whole Painted Desert actually covers almost 95,000 acres from the Grand Canyon to the part you see in the Petrified Forest National Park. The area was formed by the Chinle Formation, a very soft layer of earth consisting mainly of mud, sandstone, and volcanic ash. The softness of the soil allows for fantastic erosion effects as well as colorful staining by mineralized water flows and mineral deposits over the eons. Various combinations of minerals and decayed plant and animal matter contribute to the various colors seen through the park. The park is continually changing as water and wind erode the area and shift the sediment causing lower layers of fossil and petrified wood to surface. A 10 mile paved road runs throughout the park providing quite a few pull off points with plaques explaining the geology and coloration within the park.

    For more info see my Petrified Forest National Park Page.

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    Petrified Forest National Park

    by Basaic Updated Mar 29, 2010

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    The Petrified Forest National Park was established in 1906. The park has one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood, the colorful painted desert, historic structures, archeological sites, and 225 million year old fossils. It is open from 7 AM to 7 PM during the summer and from 8 AM to 5 PM in the winter. The entrance fee is $10 per car. There are 28 miles worth of stops in the park. You can get a map of the park at the North or South entrances. I recommend entering from the North so you can stop at the Visitors' Center. There are gift shops at both the North and South entrances. You can easily spend 3 to 5 hours in the park if you stop at each place of interest depending on how long you stay at each.

    For more information see my Petrified Forest National Park Page.

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    Meteor Crater

    by Basaic Updated Mar 29, 2010

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    Meteor Crater

    About 50,000 years ago a meteor estimated to be about 150 feet in diameter slammed into the earth about 20 miles west of modern day Winslow, Arizona. The depression is about 0.75 miles in diameter and 550 feet deep. It is one of the better examples of a meteor crater on the planet; but the area is privately owned, and the entry charge ($10 per adult when I went there) is a little steep. They also have a space capsule on site. It has a small museum and a gift shop to part you from more of your money.

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    Petrified Forest Nat. Park – Painted Desert Inn

    by vtveen Written Nov 29, 2008

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    A must see place along the park road is the Painted Desert Inn, nearby Kachina Point. This former road inn - dating back to 1920 - along Route 66 has been restored and is open for visitors.

    Painted Desert Inn is situated on the rim overlooking the Painted Desert and was built of petrified wood and other native stone. After the restoration it fits exactly in its surroundings with red colored walls, which do have more or less the same color as the desert nearby.

    We enjoyed walking around inside, which still gives a very good impression of the ‘old’ road inn. The dining room still has its original tables and beautifully carved chairs, the kitchen with the blue colored cabinets, the lunchroom, a tap room and the Trading Post Room with hand painted skylight panels. Enjoy the fresh colorful painted walls and the fantastic murals by Hopi artist Kabotie. It is just such a pity the inn doesn’t have any overnight accommodation. I would have loved staying in this place enjoying the views across the Painted Desert from the terrace.

    Nowadays this beautiful historic building is ‘only’ a kind of museum, bookstore and small information center, but absolutely a must see sight.

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    Petrified Forest Nat. Park - Painted Desert

    by vtveen Written Nov 29, 2008

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    Painted Desert in the northern part of Petrified Forest National Park is part of a much bigger desert, which stretches from Interstate 40 in a northwest direction all the way to Lake Powell and Tuba City.

    This landscape of badlands, hills, mesas and buttes is arid land, sparsely vegetated and heavily eroded. But we had never seen a desert with so many different colors. There are a lot of viewpoints along the park road; all very easy accessible. Some of them allow a view of Pilot Rock, the highest ‘mountain’ in the park. (It is said you even could see the San Francisco Mountain nearby Flagstaff.)

    From one of these viewpoints (think it was Whippie Point) I made a short walk into the desert to make a better picture. There is a rim walk between Kachina Point and Tawa Point. It is also possible to do more real wilderness hiking; from Katchina Point - nearby the Painted Desert Inn - a trail leads further into the desert.

    Painted Desert means a lot of colors, which are caused by minerals in the soil of the desert. The views of this stunning landscape are simply breathtaking. I highly recommend making at least a couple of stops at the viewpoints, with information boards explaining the geology and coloration.

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