Science and Education Center Lecture Series, July 2008
Contact: Scott Williams, (928) 524-6228 ext. 240
Petrified Forest National Park Science and Education Center Lecture Series - July 2008
Petrified Forest, AZ – Architectural Historian, Lillian Makeda will be providing a presentation titled “The Lion Farm and the National Park Service: Defining an Architectural Vision for Petrified Forest.” Less than fifty years ago, Petrified Forest National Park included several privately-owned curio shops. The Lion Farm and the Painted Desert Tower could be found along Route 66 in the Painted Desert. Overpass Curio was situated just north of the railroad tracks on the main park road. The story of these businesses and the efforts of the National Park Service to remove them from the park will be the subject of talk.
The presentation will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2 and will be held at the Painted Desert Visitor Center Auditorium in Petrified Forest National Park. The visitor center is located at Exit 311 on Interstate Highway 40. This presentation is open to the public and admission is free.
The Petrified Forest National Park Science and Education Center was established to bring park visitors and researchers together to foster understanding and appreciation of the natural and cultural resources of the park and the Colorado Plateau. Lectures are held the first Wednesday of each month on a variety of topics including history, geology, paleontology, archaeology, and biology.
For more information call (928) 524-6228 weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time; or write to the Superintendent, Petrified Forest National Park, P.O. Box 2217, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028; or e-mail the park.
Did You Know?
Standing on the edge of a vast badlands landscape, a Spanish explorer is rumored to have named the area "El Desierto Pintado" (The Painted Desert) because the hills looked like they were painted with the colors of the sunset.