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“Not to be missed” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hubbell Trading Post

Hubbell Trading Post
Highway 264, PO Box 150, Ganado, AZ 86505
928 755 3475
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Type: Historic Sites, Outdoors
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Owner description: Oldest continuously operated trading post on the Navajo Reservation.
Appomattox, VA
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“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

If you want to get in touch with the history and traditions of the west, this original trading post is a must-see. Owned and operated by John Lorenzo Hubble, it was the first trading post to be established in the Navajo Reservation region after the Navajos returned to their lands from US government captivity. Hubble traded much needed supplies to the Navajos for their crafts such as weaving, basketry, and pottery. His home behind the trading post remains much like it was in his lifetime and tours of the house are conducted by the National Park Service. Get your tickets for this tour at the Visitor's Center as you enter the trading post compound.Our guide for the tour of the Hubble home was excellent. She took her time to describe life there, and the people who were inhabitants of the area. She wove the native history with the Hubble history like a Navajo artizan weaving her best piece of art. Questions were answered expertly. Well worth the cost of admission.
The trading post is still in operation with Navajo wares and jewelry offered along with household bowls, pots, tools, and items that have been a staple of trade since the late 1800's. Walk across the creeking boards of the trading post, hear the echos of past footsteps. Look up, things hang everywhere, and each artifact is there to trade. You can go into the trading post for free. Be sure to buy some Arbuckle's Coffee after sampling some at the visitor's center. It was Hubble's favorite, a taste of yesterday to savor after you go home.
This is not a re-creation, but the genuine article. The entire complex is a living museum.

Visited September 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

I love the way the Trading Post has been preserved to show how it might have looked years ago when the Native American people first traded rugs there. I loved the fact that Hubbell was providing a place for the people to trade their rugs and jewelry without being taken advantage of. He actually promoted the weaving so that the Native people would have money on which to live. The house tour for $2.00 is very much worth the visit. Many old wagons are adjacent to the Trading Post. The bookstore is very good too. Nice restrooms for travelers.

Do not hesitate to buy from this Trading Post. Part of the money goes to support it and when you buy a rug, it helps not only the Trading Post but the Native person who made the rug. Navajo rugs are among the finest made rugs in the world. Navajo weavers can be found all over the reservation areas in AZ. If you want a rug, please consider helping the elderly Navajo with your purchase. Rugs of all prices can also be found on line and at places such as www.anelder.org

Visited September 2012
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Kinlichee, Arizona, United States
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“Fun old building. Lots of souvenirs”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

This place has lots of old buildings to see and a great gift shop, for the Navajo Reservation. Some grocery store food and restrooms available. Call ahead to see if they are open.

Visited December 2011
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“If in the area, visit--if not, don't go out of your way.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

We were driving right by on our way to Canyon de Chelly, so we stopped for about an hour. It was OK, not the most exciting thing to do. It's fantastic if you want to buy Navajo items--lots of inventory. I would have loved to buy a small rug to hang above my fireplace, but my husband nixed that idea due to cost. They also sell skeins of the wool yarn from the native sheep, which I would have purchased if I had a project in mind. You can stroll around outside and see antique wagons and ranching/farming tools and equipment, and the scenery is OK. However, I would not call this a "must see" attraction.

Visited August 2012
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Castroville, Texas
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“Great Stop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

If your looking for a glimpse of the past in the American west, this is it. Hubbell is the one of oldest cntinuously run trading post in the U.S. Full of history,it doesn't have the junk souvenirs like the posts on the interstate. Baskets and rugs made by local Native Americans.You must take the tour of the Hubbell home, a real time capsule. The paintings, sketches, rugs, furnishings and baskets in the home are priceless. NPS guide Becky Begay(from Shiprock) was very informative.

Visited August 2012
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