This postcard, circa 1940, shows the Petrified Forest in Arizona, where are found vast deposits of petrified wood from the size of a marble to trees, more than two hundred feet in length.
The forest comprises many thousands of acres all accessible from Holbrook, Arizona. Holbrook is located on the main line of the Santa Fe Railroad, about 125 miles east of the Grand Canyon and 260 miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Petrified Forest area was designated a National Monument on December 8, 1906. The Painted Desert was added later. On December 9, 1962, the whole monument was made the Petrified Forest National Park.
This postcard made originally from a hand-colored lithograph has a unique way of showing the varied colors of the land that is a result of the petrified wood, mineral deposits, and wind and rain erosion.