Hubbell Trading Post: Oldest Active Trading Post Since 1878

Hubbell Trading Post

National Historic Site


Western National Parks Association-operated mercantile is the oldest continuously operating trading post in the American Southwest. It remains a thriving place that has served Ganado, selling goods and American Indian art, since 1878.

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J. L. Hubbell established the Hubbell Trading Post in northeastern Arizona as a center of commerce for the Navajo people in the late 1870s, 10 years after the Navajo people were allowed to return to the Ganado region from their US-imposed exile, a tragic period of time known as The Long Walk of the Navajo. Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site is the oldest and longest continuously operated trading post in the American Southwest, and its buildings represent the best examples of an evolving American Southwest trading post complex. It was declared a historic landmark in 1960 and, later, a national historic site in 1965. Visitors have the opportunity to interact with weavers and other artists, building an understanding of each artist’s method and motivation, and of the role art plays in many American Indian cultures.

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