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!
Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at email@example.com.