Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park

Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park (HM1QXG)

Location: Quincy, WA 98848 Grant County
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Country: United States of America
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N 46° 57.803', W 119° 57.908'

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Directly across the Columbia River is Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park, covering 6,000 acres.
Although the presence of petrified wood had been reported as early as 1898, the first indication of its presence in quantity in this vicinity was realized in 1927 during construction of the highway between Ellensburg and Vantage. This park represents one of the most unusual petrified wood areas in the world. Few localities yield a flora so diverse and only rarely are they preserved in lava flows. Well over 200 varieties of wood have been identified including Ginkgo-the "sacred tree of China". The Ginkgo no longer exists in the wild state.
Development was initiated in the 1930's through a cooperative program involving the State of Washington, the National Park Service, and the Civilian Conservation Corps. Since that time, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has developed the present modern Interpretive Center with exhibits interpreting the geological story.
Because of its unique character, Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park has been designated a Registered Natural Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
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Date Added Friday, March 4th, 2016 at 9:03am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11T E 274426 N 5205363
Decimal Degrees46.96338333, -119.96513333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 57.803', W 119° 57.908'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 57' 48.18" N, 119° 57' 54.48" W
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Area Code(s)509
Closest Postal AddressAt or near I-90, Quincy WA 98848, US
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