Herbert Lore, Painted Desert

Hebert Lore’s Painted Desert Inn That Was Built From Petrified Wood

In the 1920s Arizona businessman Herbert Lore built a restaraunt & inn, called the Painted Desert Inn, out of ancient petrified wood from the Painted Forest Desert.

The Painted Desert Inn operated on the old Route 66, which presently falls on Interstate 40, until it was purchased by the National Park Service in 1936.

The Painted Desert Inn has Fred Kabotie’s murals, that were created summer of 1948, depicting Hopi Indian culture. Fred Kabotie was a Hopi Indian himself that was born on a reservation.

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