National Geographic : 1897 Jul
THE FORESTS AND DESERTS OF ARIZONA section. These three lines, with a few short feeders, comprise the entire railroad system of the territory. The tourist starting for Arizona in July will probably enter the territory by the northern route and spend the warm months on the plateau, making Flagstaff his headquarters or base of supplies. After the hot and dreary ride over the featureless plains of western Kansas and eastern Colorado and through the hardly less dreary though more varied mountain scenery of New PETRIFIED STUMP, ARIZONA Mexico, and after passing through the desert country of the east ern border county of Arizona (containing the celebrated petrified forests, strewn in huge logs over the sandy waste), it is a relief when suddenly the pifion and juniper appear in dense masses, and finally the pine forest is entered within an hour of reaching Flagstaff. To add to the feeling of comfort and new interest which this unexpected forest scene creates, the grand peaks of the San Francisco mountains come in sight, possibly with a white veil of freshly fallen snow that vanishes before the day is over.