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Why Petrified Forest National Park Is Preserving Route 66 Trash

As the old phrase goes, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. If that’s really true, then the Petrified Forest has a lot of treasure from 50 years or more ago.

The National Park Service is preserving a lot of what Route 66 drivers and passengers threw out the windows in the mid-20th century and is trying to put it into historical perspective.

William Parker is a paleontologist at Petrified Forest National Park.

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