Friday, October 30, 2015

Hubbell Trading Post and Window Rock

We stayed a couple nights in Gallup, NM so that we could do a day trip to a couple of places that I've wanted to go to for a long time. Being an avid reader of old west books, the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site is a must see for me. It also should be for anyone who loves history.

The trading post has been operated since 1878, and it still functions today. It is in the Navajo Nation and is a fabulous source of authentic Navajo and Hopi creations like rugs, baskets, pottery and jewelry. The buildings are authentic and well maintained for a great opportunity to experience a genuine western trading post.
Rug room

On the drive between Gallup and the trading post we passed through Window Rock, AZ. This town is also a place that I wanted to go to since reading a lot of Tony Hillerman's books with Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. Window Rock is the Capital of the Navajo Nation and seat of it's tribal government. You can call me crazy but it was fun to see the town, the buildings and the actual Window Rock so that I can have a visual. It was the same when we went through Ship Rock a year ago, another mainstay in those books.

Code Talker Memorial in
Window Rock Park

Code Talker Memorial and
The Window Rock

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