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Painted Desert, Petrified Forest National Park: 16 reviews and 50 photos
This used to be a trading post, then an inn and still is today. It is now a museum, , small gift shop, and restaurant (but not always open). It is 2 miles from the north visitor center. The walk inside is nice and historical. The Inn was built first in 1920's and rebuilt by CCC in 1937. It operated as a Fred Harvey hotel 1947-63, then closed. It reopened and operated again for 10 years, then closed again. A new renovation took place in 2004-05 and it then opened as a museum for the public tourism. Today it is a National Historic Site. It has that adobe look with smooth sandstone walls on the outside. Inside there are open beams and original wood supports. A painter. Fred Kabotie painted large murals in 1947-48.
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