Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Completion of the nearby railway line in 1882 provided early travelers – and relic hunters – easy access to Jasper Forest. Many tons of Jasper Forest’s petrified wood were carried away, piece by piece, in railway cars. Outrage against Jasper Forest’s devastation contributed to the establishment of Petrified Forest as a National Monument in 1906.
“Wood thieves” once carried out petrified wood by wagon, buggy, and cart, sometimes using dynamite to break large logs into smaller pieces to expose hidden crystals. A mill to grind petrified wood for abrasives was built at the nearby railroad settlement of Adamana in 1892. Though the mill never operated, the appetite for commercial spoils remained.
“…we had filled our hats with chips….Reached Forest #1 [Jasper] about noon, resorted our collections…Oh such a time as we did have deciding which part of the forest to leave and which part to pack out.”
Federal law prohibits the removal of any petrified wood, other fossils, or artifacts from these protected lands. Stiff penalties will be imposed upon violators.
Erected by Petrified National Forest Services.
Location. 34° 53.335′ N, 109° 48.447′ W. Marker is in Holbrook, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker can be reached from Jasper Forest Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Turn left onto Jasper Forest Road from Petrified Forest Road. Marker is in this post office area: Holbrook AZ 86025, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Agate Bridge (approx. 0.8 miles away); From Wood to Stone (approx. 1.9 miles away); Triassic Landscape (approx. 2 miles away); Pioneers of Paleontology (approx. 4.2 miles away); Newspaper Rock Petroglyphs Archeological District (approx. 5.1 miles away); Newspaper Rock Whispers from the Past (approx. 6 miles away); A Canvas for Ideas (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Holbrook.
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