Category: - NM&AZ 2011
 
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Although it is small the Museum of Northern Arizona outside of Flagstaff packs a wallop. 

The first room is devoted to explaining the Geology of the Colorado Plateau.   There are rock specimens, and fossils as well as exhibits on the ever-popular dinosaurs and reptiles.

Then it is on to the Anthropology room, which includes examples of both pre-historic and historic Native American artifacts.

The remainder of the Museum uses the rest of it’s galleries to mount changing exhibits related to the Native Tribes of Arizona.

Then we drove across town to the Riordan Mansion.   In 1902 in the small town of Flagstaff the Riordan Brothers home was a mansion.   In today’s terms there are most homes here in Sedona that far exceed its size and opulence.   Nonetheless, it is an interesting story and a fine example of a frontier craftsmen architecture and there is lots of original Stickley furniture to enjoy.   The Riordan Brothers operated the sawmill in Flagstaff that employed over ½ of the population.   They traveled the world and the town of Flagstaff benefited from their willingness to contribute to the town in a variety of ways.  The brothers built their houses next to each other and connected them with a joint common room.   It was all designed by Charles Whittlesey the architect of the El Tovar Hotel at the Grand Canyon.