Cedar Ridge Trading Post, Arizona

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Established in 1920 by white settlers in Northern Arizona, this trading post is named after a nearby geologic feature by the same name. It is located on Highway 89, on the western side of the Navajo Indian Reservation. A trading post is an establishment where goods can be traded. It is also a social center where news and gossip are exchanged. Trading posts have been associated with American frontier culture since the seventeenth century. Over time, trading posts developed into a cultural institution at first funded and backed by empire, later by national interests, and most often by enterprising business men.

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"Cedar Ridge Trading Post, 1936," photograph, Warren family (NAU.PH.412.5.17). Northern Arizona University. Cline Library. All rights reserved. Use with permission only.

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