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The two RV Gypsies visited
The Painted Desert Inn
in Petrified Forest National Park

September 5, 2012

Painted Desert Inn is a lodge in Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. It was built in 1937 - 1940, on the site of an earlier lodge, the Stone Tree House. It was designed in 1937 by National Park Service architect Lyle E. Bennett and others from the Park Service Branch of Plans and Design. Construction was carried out by Civilian Conservation Corps labor. After updates by Mary Jane Colter, it was operated by the Fred Harvey Company from 1947 to 1963, when it closed. Demolition was proposed in the mid-1970s, but after public protests the building was reopened for limited use in 1976. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The old Inn buildings were extensively rehabilitated, and reopened as a museum and bookstore in 2006.

Painted Desert Inn
Painted Desert Inn
Painted Desert Inn
Painted Desert Inn Fountain
Lee Duquette at the Painted Desert Inn Fountain
booth at the Painted Desert Inn Fountain
Painted Desert Inn Fountain Menu

Mural inside the Inn- by Hopi Artist Fred Kabotie, commissioned by Mary Jane Colter and painted 1948.

Mural inside the Inn- by Hopi Artist Fred Kabotie
Mural inside the Inn- by Hopi Artist Fred Kabotie
Mural inside the Inn- by Hopi Artist Fred Kabotie
sign about murals
chair
petroglyph

The walk-in freezer

Skylight at Painted Desert Inn, painted by the Civilian Conservation Corps

walk-in freezer
Skylight at Painted Desert Inn

Park Road in the Painted Desert

Park Road in the Painted Desert
Park Road in the Painted Desert
Park Road in the Painted Desert
Park Road in the Painted Desert
Park Road in the Painted Desert
Park Road in the Painted Desert
Park Road in the Painted Desert
Park Road in the Painted Desert
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