Adobe Roof Beams at Painted Desert Inn

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Adobe Structure Roof Beams, Painted Desert Inn, Navajo, Arizona, Petrified Forest National Park, October 9, 2011
Adobe Structure Roof Beams, Painted Desert Inn, Navajo, Arizona, Petrified Forest National Park, October 9, 2011

Painted Desert Inn (National Park Service)

Only one national park in the country includes and protects a section of historic Route 66: the Petrified Forest National Park with one of the world’s largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood, multi-hued badlands of the Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites, and displays of over 200-million-year-old fossils.  The national park and this section of Route 66 are not to be missed, and one of the most special places to visit in the park is the Painted Desert Inn.

The inn is situated on a mesa overlooking the vast and colorful Painted Desert.  It is rooted in a lodge that entrepreneur Herbert David Lore completed around 1920.  In 1935, the National Park Service purchased the inn and its surroundings.  The National Park Service immediately began planning to overhaul the building using the rustic aesthetic so popular in park architecture of the time.  The National Park Service commissioned Lyle Bennett, one of its most sought-after architects, for the remodeling.  Young men employed in the Civilian Conservation Corps, one of the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration’s back-to-work programs, supplied the labor.

The inn is of wood and native stone in the Pueblo Revival style.  Outside, flagstone terraces surrounded by low walls overlook the desert.  The building’s stone walls are more than two feet thick and finished with textured earth-toned stucco.  Multiple flat roofs with parapets give the inn its varied massing, and Ponderosa Pine logs pierce the walls, adding play between light and shadow.

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Afternoon Mountain Clouds

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Afternoon Mountain Clouds, Fern Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, September 6, 2009
Fern Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, September 6, 2009

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Butterfly on Purple Coneflower

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Butterfly on Purple Coneflower, West-Central Arkansas, July 25, 2011
West-Central Arkansas, July 25, 2011

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Starved Rock Sunflowers

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Sunflowers, Starved Rock State Park, Illinois, September 9, 2008
Starved Rock State Park, Illinois, September 9, 2008

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Titmouse on a Cold March Day Day

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Titmouse on a Cold March Day, March 4, 2007, west-central Arkansas
March 4th, 2008 in Arkansas

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Wild Sunflower

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Wild Sunflower, Union Covered Bridge State Historic Site, Missouri, September 28, 2012
Union Covered Bridge State Historic Site, Missouri, September 28, 2012

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Hornbek Homestead

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Hornbek Homestead Building and Wagon, Florissant Fossil Bed National Monument, Colorado, August 24, 2004
Hornbek Homestead Building and Wagon, Florissant Fossil Bed National Monument, Colorado, August 24, 2004

On our 2011 visit, the wagon was not on display.  After thieves took wagon wheels, the wagon was moved into a locked building.

Florissant Fossil Beds (Exit 78)

“Adeline Hornbek was not a typical homesteader.  In the 1870s, after the loss of two husbands and two homes, this single mother of four moved her family to the Florissant Valley.  At a time when women had few opportunities to own property, she filed a claim to homestead 160 acres here. Within seven years, Adeline had built a sizable house and nine outbuildings, and had acquired $4,000 worth of livestock.  On top of the daily work of homestead chores and raising children, she added a job at the general store in Florissant.”

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Bighorn Ewe

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Bighorn Ewe, Custer State Park, South Dakota, August 20, 2007
Custer State Park, South Dakota, August 20, 2007

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Skier and Setting Sun Over Canton Lake

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Skier and Setting Sun Over Canton Lake, Oklahoma, August 29, 2009
Canton Lake, Oklahoma, August 29, 2009

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Tulips in Texas

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Tulips, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Texas, March 13, 2011
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Texas, March 13, 2011

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