Cow Springs Trading Post, Arizona

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This trading post was located off of Highway 160, formerly Navajo Route 1. It was established in 1882 by George McAdams and was acquired by the Babbitt Brothers Trading Company, located in Flagstaff, Arizona, in 1895. As trading posts and their mode of business became less relevant the Babbitt’s closed many locations, by the 1970's the Cow Springs trading post was abandoned. The turn off exit for the trading post is noted in Tony Hillerman's fiction.

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"Cow Springs Trading Post, Arizona, circa 1949," photograph, Palace of the Governors Photo Archive, New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe (046029). Use with permission only.

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