Greasewood, Arizona

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Greasewood is a small, predominantly Navajo community in northeastern Arizona. The community boasts the Lower Greasewood Chapter House, and the children in Greasewood are served by the schools of the nearby communities of Holbrook, Indian Wells, and Ganado. The name Greasewood likely refers to a bush, also known as creosote, which is known for its astringent odor, especially when wet or burning. For many desert dwellers, the scent of wet creosote bush is a scent associated with the summer monsoons, a welcome perfume that can almost overwhelm the senses on a humid afternoon.

Photo Credit: 

"Upper Greasewood Trading Post by Lukachukai, Arizona, 1949," photograph, (046030). Palace of the Governors Photo Archive, New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico.