Cameron Trading Post Marks Centennial

Courtesy of Cameron Trading Post

The National Park Service isn't the only Arizona institution celebrating its centennial in 2016.

Beef brisket, pulled pork and peach cobbler are just a few of the delicious options available to attendees this weekend as Cameron Trading Post, located northeast of Flagstaff on U.S. Route 89, celebrates its 100th birthday. Friday through Sunday (Oct. 7-9), Native American groups will perform traditional dances, and artists will demonstrate how to make pottery, dream catchers, rugs and more.

Brothers Hubert and C.D. Richardson founded the trading post in 1916 and created an environment for Navajo and Hopi locals to trade their goods. The post has evolved over the past 100 years — adding a shop, a restaurant and a motel — but the historical significance still lives within its walls. Weavers and potters still come to the post to trade, says Bernetta Jensen, group sales representative at the post.

She and other employees at the post will dress in traditional attire and participate in the festivities. Although the event has reached its maximum number of attendees, those joining the celebration are in for a treat.

To learn more about Cameron Trading Post, visit the post's website. And look for a story about trading posts in the upcoming November issue of Arizona Highways.

— Brianna Cossavella

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The article on Trading Posts sounds interesting. I'm interested in the Trading Post near Wolf's Crossing on the Little Colorado River near Tolchecko. It was run by Hermann Wolf who has been a mystery for many years. His grave is the only one marked with a gravestone in Canyon Diablo, Arizona. He died in 1899. Recently more was found on his family and parents. It was reported in "The Deseret Magazine (December 1948) that Senator Hayden had been interested in gathering the true story of Wolf. The search goes on, but some of the old legends can be put to rest, I believe.

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