“Rescue Celebration” set for Painted Desert Trading Post in July

The Route 66 Co-op that saved the Painted Desert Trading Post site in eastern Arizona from imminent collapse is throwing a "rescue celebration" on July 22-24. The Route 66 Painted Desert Trading Post group on Facebook announced the event Wednesday. The group is asking for a $10 donation through PayPal to help defray the costs. … Continue reading “Rescue Celebration” set for Painted Desert Trading Post in July

Giving Tuesday money can be given to Painted Desert Trading Post for upkeep

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, where people can give funds to nonprofit organizations worldwide. The Route 66 Co-op that owns and maintains the Painted Desert Trading Post in northeast Arizona is among those. Mike Ward, one of the co-op's members, made the appeal on Facebook to give money to the organization even though the final stage … Continue reading Giving Tuesday money can be given to Painted Desert Trading Post for upkeep

Painted Desert Trading Post project featured in Preservation Magazine

The recently completed and multiyear quest by volunteers to stabilize and restore the long-closed Painted Desert Trading Post in northeast Arizona is featured in the current issue of Preservation Magazine, published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The article provides a history of the old Route 66 property and a behind-the-scenes telling of how … Continue reading Painted Desert Trading Post project featured in Preservation Magazine

Volunteers complete final stage of work on Painted Desert Trading Post building

Volunteers, including members of the Route 66 Co-op, this week finished the final stage of preserving the long-closed Painted Desert Trading Post in eastern Arizona. This week primarily concentrated on small repairs, installing interpretative panels inside the trading post that explains its history, and re-creating the lettering on the outside to resemble what it looked … Continue reading Volunteers complete final stage of work on Painted Desert Trading Post building

Volunteers complete next-to-last work phase on Painted Desert Trading Post

A group of volunteers a few days ago finished the penultimate work session to shore up the historic but long-closed Painted Desert Trading Post in eastern Arizona. Chaz Baldwin on Sunday posted several photos of the just-completed work, including vintage images: Mike Ward, one of the members of the Route 66 Co-op that owns the … Continue reading Volunteers complete next-to-last work phase on Painted Desert Trading Post

Some stucco repairs made to Painted Desert Trading Post

Volunteers recently spent a few days performing stucco repairs to the long-abandoned Painted Desert Trading Post building in eastern Arizona before winter sets in. When the group returns in the spring, it'll finish the stucco work, then Route 66 artist and researcher Jerry McClanahan eventually will repaint the faded letters on the building. Mike Ward … Continue reading Some stucco repairs made to Painted Desert Trading Post

More preservation work completed at Painted Desert Trading Post

Volunteers recently completed more preservation work at the long-closed Painted Desert Trading Post site in eastern Arizona before winter sets in. Based on Route 66 Coop member Mike Ward's posts on the Route 66 Painted Desert Trading Post page on Facebook, here's what the crew accomplished over several days: Installed new window frames so they … Continue reading More preservation work completed at Painted Desert Trading Post

Owners of Painted Desert Trading Post close access until mid-October

The owners of the long-closed Painted Desert Trading Post in eastern Arizona temporarily have closed access to the historic Route 66 site because the locks and chain the entrance gates recently were removed. Jim Ross, one of the members of the Route 66 Co-op that purchased the property last year, wrote Friday on Facebook: I … Continue reading Owners of Painted Desert Trading Post close access until mid-October

Painted Desert Trading Post group selling T-shirts to help pay for Phase III work

The Route 66 Co-op is selling a new batch of limited-edition T-shirts to help pay for costs related to Phase III of the Painted Desert Trading Post stabilization project. The front of the T-shirt features a design by a longtime roadie and graphic artist, Shellee Graham. The back contains the "Cold Drinks" lettering that still … Continue reading Painted Desert Trading Post group selling T-shirts to help pay for Phase III work

Third phase completed to shore up Painted Desert Trading Post

The third phase to stabilize the remains of the long-closed Painted Desert Trading Post in eastern Arizona ended Tuesday after volunteers spent six days on the site. Here's what was accomplished during the nearly week-long project: Dug out and removed shattered or deteriorating concrete stem walls;Built interior walls and frames to support the exterior walls … Continue reading Third phase completed to shore up Painted Desert Trading Post