HistoricAZ66: Painted Desert Inn
In Arizona, United States
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This cache is part of the Historic Route 66 Geocaching Project, a series created by the Historic Route 66 Association of
Arizona, and designated as an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission.
The Painted Desert Inn was originally constructed by Herbert Lore in 1924. Contructed of native stone, including petrified wood, it was nicknamed 'the Stone Tree House' and was a popular stop along Route 66. The building and land was purchased by the National Park Service and expanded in the 1930s to the current Pueblo style. The Fred Harvey Company operated the building after World War II and originally there was a restaurant, soda fountain, and trade room upstairs. The building only served as an Inn for a short time, from the late 1930s to the early 1940s. After this time the rooms were used for Fred Harvey Co. employees.
The coordinates take you to the original entrance (back doors now) when Lore owned the building, and through these double doors is the original lobby where the cache is located. A photograph in the box dates back to Lore's time. Use the hint provided below to locate the cache. You'll need stealth at busy times of the year (summer).
Please note this is a take only cache. Please bring a pen and sign the log. You do not need to leave any items in the cache. Please respect the rules and regulations of the park and the resources it was established to protect.
This is a Federal Fee Area and an entrance fee to Petrified Forest National Park (currently $10/ vehicle) is required to access this cache. This cache is only accessible during park operating hours.
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Lobby of the Painted Desert Inn - 1920s
Last Updated: on 5/20/2013 2:58:55 PM Pacific Daylight Time (9:58 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum