Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site (Arizona)

… was authorized on this date in 1965.

The squeaky wooden floor greets your entry into the oldest operating trading post on the Navajo Nation. When your eyes adjust to the dim light in the “bullpen” you find you’ve just entered a mercantile. Hubbell’s has been serving Ganado selling groceries, grain, hardware, horse tack, coffee and Native American Art since 1878.

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site

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NewMexiKen photos 2013.

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August 24, 2016 Update: President Obama has designated 89,261 acres of land donated by Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. and located within the proposed national park and recreation area as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument!”

Today President Obama designated Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument -- our nation’s newest national monument and the 413th site in the national park system.
Today President Obama designated Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument — our nation’s newest national monument and the 413th site in the national park system.

Source: U.S. Department of the Interior Instagram

Cedar Breaks National Monument (Utah)

… was proclaimed as such 83 years ago today (1933). This from the National Park Service:

A huge natural amphitheater has been eroded out of the variegated Pink Cliffs (Claron Formation) near Cedar City, Utah. Millions of years of sedimentation, uplift and erosion have created a deep canyon of rock walls, fins, spires and columns, that spans some three miles, and is over 2,000 feet deep. The rim of the canyon is over 10,000 feet above sea level, and is forested with islands of Englemann spruce, subalpine fir and aspen; separated by broad meadows of brilliant summertime wild flowers.

NewMexiKen photos 2005. Click any image for larger versions.