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The Oldest Trading Post In Arizona Has A Fascinating History

In its heyday, the trading post was a Western mainstay. It was the place to not only engage in trading for goods but also purchasing items, offered a chance to socialize with other community members, to hear news about what was happening locally or nationally, and was one of the prime meeting grounds for people of different cultures.

One of the places to see a number of trading posts still operating in a similar way to how they did in the old days is on the Navajo Nation. Of the more than 250 trading posts that once operated on the reservation, only a handful still stand and even fewer have kept their doors open over the years. One place we’re going to take a look at today also happens to be the oldest operating trading post on the Navajo Nation and perhaps in the state!

Wow, that is one incredible store! If you’ve had the opportunity to visit, be sure to let us know what your experience was like and your favorite thing about your visit! To see more cool historic stores around Arizona, we recommend reading These 10 Charming General Stores In Arizona Will Make You Feel Nostalgic.

Monica Spencer
Monica is a Diné freelance writer and the Arizona staff writer for Only In Your State. She currently lives in Phoenix with her boyfriend and their herd of cats. You can reach her at mspencer@onlyinyourstate.com.