As we were driving through Granado we spotted a sign directing us to the most beautiful historic preserve I've seen. The Hubbell Trading Post was the center of commerce in the high desert, next door to the petrified forest, and in the middle of the expanded Navajo Nation. It's founder, John L. Hubbell, was one of the most respected traders of his day, even going so far as opening his home to the victims of the smallpox epidemic in the late 1800s. He became the first Senator of Arizona when it became a state in 1912. Here is his trading post.
|Inside the main room|
|Woven baskets on the ceiling of the second room|
|The front of the trading post with a petrified wood chair|
|The naturally formed petrified wood chair|
|Inside the livery and stables|
|The wagon wheel|
|The guest house (hogan) that J. Hubbell built to accommodate guests to the trading post|
|The overgrown gazebo|
|A look inside the gazebo - you can see the hogan through the window.|
|I'm not sure what this is - I thought bird houses but on closer look, it's wired for power. Probably held lanterns so the outside could be enjoyed after dark back in the day.|
I loved this spot and would like to go back some day. I can't promise that this is my last post about our Arizona road trip - which only took two days by the way - but I'll try to move on now that I'm home.