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Petrified Wood Floor in Museum

The East Benton County Historical Museum in Kennewick, Washington was built in 1982 from the design of a local architect. It houses some very nice historical artifacts, including a floor constructed of petrified wood, which is valued at one million dollars.

The floor was originally built by Gordon Maxey of Kennewick and was donated to the museum after his death. It took Maxey almost 16 years to collect the petrified wood, cut it and polish it, then build the floor. The rocks were cut into 28 inch squares and patterned into the floor using marble dust as mortar. Maxey collected rocks from all over the world for the floor.

The East Benton County Historical Museum is located across from Keewaydin Park, 205 Keewaydin Drive, Kennewick, WA. It is open Tuesday through Saturday, from Noon to 4:00 PM.