A Quick Visit to Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site

 

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site in Ganado, Arizona is a fun stop, a great place to get out of your car, stretch your legs, grab a soda, and learn a little bit about the history of the area. The trading post has a long history and it is still going strong as a trading business! In fact, it is the oldest operating trading post on the Navajo Nation. John Lorenzo Hubbell bought the trading post in 1878 and supplied the Navajo people once they were allowed to return home; the Navajo had been brutally exiled from their homeland by the U.S. Government up until 10 years before Hubbell’s purchase. Hubbell built a trading empire with Navajo goods, such as woven rugs and silver items, providing a variety of supplies to the Navajo in return. The Hubbell family operated the trading post until 1967, when it was sold to the National Park Service.  It is now both an interpretive site, museum, and store.  The museum has a wonderful exhibit on Navajo weaving.

Links:

https://www.nps.gov/hutr/index.htm

http://www.hubbelltradingpost.org/

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