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Red Lake Trading Post

The Red Lake Trading Post was established by George McAdams in 1884 and was acquired by the Babbitt brothers, the famous mercantile family of northern Arizona, in 1891. Trading posts were important social and economic centers for the Navajo, primarily because many Navajo operated on a barter economy until the middle of the 20th Century. It sits along U.S. 160 approximately 20 miles northeast of Tuba City, the original administrative center for the western Navajo Indian Reservation. Both the 1927 and 1928 trips began at Red Lake (Tonalea) Trading Post, where they acquired pack animals and provisions.

  

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“Red Lake Arizona. Starting point of the expedition, July 15, 1927” -- Photographed by J.J. Hanks
NAU.PH.2005.3.1.1.1 (item number: 47653)




  

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“Red Lake Arizona. Starting point of the expedition, July 15, 1927” (2005) -- Photographed by R.H. Webb (U.S.G.S.)
Stake# 4811




  

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The Red Lake Trading Post horse corral in 1928, -- Photographed by J.J. Hanks.
NAU.PH.2005.3.2.1.16 (item number: 44702)




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The “horse corral” in September 2005, looking back toward Red Lake Trading Post.
Photographed by R.H. Webb.

Stake# 4812




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“Back to civilization at Red Lake. Indians selling sheep.” -- J.J. Hanks, photographed at the
end of the 1927 trip.

NAU.PH.2005.3.1.37.105 (item number: 45701)




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This September 2005 repeat photograph shows both erosion (gullying) of the hillslope and lowering
of the ground surface in the foreground since 1927. Photographed by R.H. Webb.

Stake# 4813




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“Scenes at Red Lake,” J.J. Hanks at the end of the 1927 trip. -- Photographed by J.J. Hanks.
NAU.PH.2005.3.1.35.107 (item number: 45705)




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Repeat photograph by R.H. Webb (U.S.G.S.), September 2005.
Stake# 4814




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“Scenes at Red Lake,” J.J. Hanks at the end of the 1927 trip. -- Photographed by J.J. Hanks.
NAU.PH.2005.3.1.35.107 (item number: 45705)




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Repeat photograph by R.H. Webb (U.S.G.S.), September 2005.
Stake# 4814




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'Breakfast will soon be ready - Nel and Bill inside an Indian hogan' Scenes at Red Lake. Scenes at Red Lake.
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