Mysterious tin box found at Arizona park contained makeup

Staff at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona found a mysterious tin box and pried it open to find it contained many years outdated cosmetics.

NPS photograph/Rebecca Miller

The concept of discovering a rusty box buried within the Arizona desert is the stuff of goals for archaeologists, however such a discovery at Petrified Forest National Park didn’t result in something remotely like treasure. National Park Service officers say the “small steel case” was found on the grounds of homestead that dates to 1900 and was occupied by the Howell household. Nothing of the farm stays, so historians are rightfully curious in regards to the Howells and different pioneers who started transferring to the encompassing badlands within the Eighties. “The case was rusted shut and we have been unsure of its contents,” park officers wrote March 8 on Facebook. So they left it within the palms of consultants at the park’s Rainbow Forest Museum, with a problem to get the case open with out destroying it. Details of how they completed that and the way lengthy it took weren’t launched, however the finish outcome was clearly sudden. Inside the case have been “some very dried up cosmetics,” the park revealed in a March 8 Facebook publish. A photograph reveals the makeup impressively survived the many years however is now a a lot crunchier model of its authentic kind. “A stunning blush pink,” one commenter famous on Facebook. Park officers didn’t say what would change into of the artifact, however it’s thought of vital in telling the story of a 221,390-acre park that wasn’t formally established till 1962. “This cosmetics case doubtless belonged to one of many girls of the Howell ranch or the Olson household who purchased the property within the Nineteen Thirties,” park officers stated. “The Olsons operated a curio store close to the location till 1963, with the ranch home torn down within the Nineteen Eighties. Such private objects assist inform the story of the generations of ladies who’ve known as the Petrified Forest panorama dwelling.”
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Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, masking beats together with faculties, crime, immigration, LGBTQ points, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with majors in journalism and artwork historical past, and a minor in geology.

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