Fall 2013: Highway Interchange Bridge Work
Painted Desert Traffic Interchange (I-40 Exit 311) may be closed for construction. Check here for updates from Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT): More »
Nov. 2012-July 2013, due to bank error credit cards may not have been charged for your entrance fee
...due to a bank error credit cards may not have been charged for your entrance fee, even if you received a receipt from the entrance station. The error was corrected on Sept. 26th, 2013. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Can you remember how you felt when you left home for the first time? A sense of adventure, an exhilarating feeling of being free? That feeling must have grasped the hearts of many a young woman in the early 1900s when Fred Harvey was building a legend. Harvey envisioned his restaurants as the most refined restaurants in the west. Upset by the rowdiness of boys he hired as waiters, Harvey turned to a more civil gender. In response to newspaper ads for young, unmarried women, Harvey soon had many girls ready for all the excitement, freedom, and adventure he could offer.
Harvey brought his legendary "Harvey Girls" to Painted Desert Inn at Petrified Forest when the company took over management in 1947. Harvey Girls carried out the "Harvey Way" serving complete meals in the dining room on spotless china, leaving no customer unsatisfied with any part of the service. They were a sight for sore eyes at the counter in the lunch room, where a hot and tired traveler could order drinks, shakes, or even a banana split for a hefty 30 cents!
The Harvey Girls stood on the foundation that Fred Harvey built and did what nobody at the time expected of women. Today the voices of the girls echo within the walls of the Inn, in harmony with the voices of so many others who are part of the ongoing story of this fascinating building.
Did You Know?
Over 52,000 acres within Petrified Forest National Park is designated Wilderness waiting for you to explore. More...