Before we left Holbrook, Arizona, however, we visited the Petrified Forest National Park. One of the cool man-made things at the park (if you don't count amazing petroglyphs) was the Painted Desert Inn. The building was remodeled by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and later operated by the Fred Harvey Company, a business with ties to the railroad and travel industry in the southwest. The Fred Harvey Company recruited women from the east and midwest for its all-female wait staffs. These “Harvey Girls” were provided housing, lived under the eye of a house mother, and were terminated if they got married.
We also drove the park’s 28-mile road with views of petrified wood, “log falls” (petrified logs that look like they flowed down a hill side) and the Painted Desert which runs from the Grand Canyon through the park.
|Jim taking photos not far from the Visitors' Center.|
|Another Painted Desert shot.|
|The Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark is a Pueblo Revival-style building.|