20 April 2010
From Flagstaff, AZ I drove east on I-40 and then north on 191 to Ganado, AZ.
Here on the outskirts of Ganado is one of the oldest trading posts in the west STILL in operation.
The Hubbell Trading post, established by John Lorenzo Hubbell in 1878 -- four years after the Long Walk of the Navajo's, who had been interned in Fort Sumner, New Mexico at Bosque Redondo.
But that is another story....
The trading post remained in the Hubbell family until the last operator, the wife of one of Hubbell's sons, sold it to the US government in 1967.
The National Park Service purchased the site and began operation.
The post continues to operate today much as it did in John Lorenzo Hubbells time.
If you visit, make sure to take the guided tour of the Hubbell home, kept as it was at the time the last family members lived there.
These weaved bowls are ceremonial and technically should not have been nailed to the ceiling. They remain today.
Hubbell had all his dining room furniture hand carved...
His young son began to carve his name in the dining room table...but was caught... forever etched in history.
There is also a visitor center offering books and souvenirs... of course.
THE LONG WALK OF THE NAVAJO'S
BOSQUE REDONDO INTERNMENT CAMP:
"I hope to God you will not ask me to go to any other country except my own." -- Barboncito, Navajo Chief - 1868