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Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Santa Fe Railroad

 
 
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By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
1. Santa Fe Railroad Marker
Inscription. Across the Puerco River, the tracks of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad stretch for miles to the east and to the west. With no landforms or forests to block your view, you can see very long trains from beginning to end. More than 60 trains a day pass through the park.

The Atlantic and Pacific Railroad built this important line across the Southwest in 1882. That sparked the founding of many northern Arizona towns, including Holbrook and Winslow to the west.

The Fred Harvey Company, famous for excellent meals and hotels along the Santa Fe line, hosted guided tours into the Petrified Forest National Monument during the 1930ís. Passengers disembarked at the Adamana station one mile (1.6 km) to the west to tour “petrified forests” in open roofed “Harvey Cars.”

The advent of automobiles brought visitors to the park along Route 66, which was later replaced by Interstate 40. Although the whistle-stop town of Adamana has disappeared and Route 66 through the park is mostly overgrown by the short grass prairie, trains still roll along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad tracks.
 
Erected by Petrified National Forest Services.
 
Location. 34° 58.592′ N, 109° 47.616′ 
Santa Fe Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
2. Santa Fe Railroad Marker
W. Marker is in Holbrook, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker can be reached from Petrified Forest Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Holbrook AZ 86025, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Village on the Rio Puerco (within shouting distance of this marker); Life in the Village (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Meaning of Place (about 700 feet away); A Canvas for Ideas (about 700 feet away); Summer Solstice Marker (about 700 feet away); Whispers from the Past (about 700 feet away); Newspaper Rock (approx. 1.1 miles away); Newspaper Rock Petroglyphs Archeological District (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Holbrook.
 
Also see . . .
1. The History and Legacy of the BNSF Railroad. A detailed history complete with historic and current photos. (Submitted on October 2, 2013.) 

2. History and Legacy of the Fred Harvey Company. Links are included taking the reader to additional historical information and photos. (Submitted on October 2, 2013.) 
 
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Santa Fe Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
3. Santa Fe Railroad Marker
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
4. Photos Displayed on Marker
Top photo:
From an old postcard, a tour group of visitors to the Petrified Forest prepares to leave Adamana by stage. Left, the Santa Fe Railroad logo.

Bottom photo:
Passengers on a Harvey Car auto tour from Adamana visit Rainbow Forest.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Tracks image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
5. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Tracks
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 450 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 29, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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