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well as

Millie’s Collection

,

featured in this issue.

Travel + Leisure

magazine

named River Trading Post as

one of the five top places in the

Valley of the Sun to visit for an

authentic Native American

Experience.

If you plan to visit the annual

Heard Museum Indian Market

on March 4 & 5, be sure to

include River Trading Post as a

destination. The River Trading

Post exhibit continues from

Thursday, March 2 through

Sunday, March 5.

For 14 years, River Trading

Post in Scottsdale has been the

centerpiece of the renowned

Native Spirit

Artwalk in Scotts-

dale.

The tradition continues on

Thursday, March 2 and will

feature our collection of over

1,000 pieces of vintage

Fred

Harvey “Railroad Jewelry”

as

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Part of the fun of taking a leisurely

cruise in and around Indian

country are the places you trip

across by accident. These are the

places where something catches

your eye and you immediately put

your foot on the brakes, and back

up the car.

Cow Canyon Trading Post is one of

those places. Off the beaten path in

Bluff, Utah, you might be cruising

along when you shoot past an old

1949 Buick Super parked in front

of a place called Cow Canyon Trad-

ing Post.

How did it get there? Where did it

come from? Did a tourist run out

gas, abandon the old Buick and

walk the rest of the way?

After looking under the hood, we

learned that Cow Canyon Trading

Post was built around 1949 by the

first sheriff of San Juan County, a

guy named Russ Mussleman.

The subsequent owner found the

abandoned Buick on the road to

Mesa Verde, had it towed and de-

posited in front of the Cow Canyon

Trading Post more than twenty

years ago.

In its heyday, Cow Canyon Trading

Post, complete with its 1949 Buick,

brimmed with American Indian art

and art from the Bluff locals. It also

had a restaurant that fed hungry

locals and tourists alike.

Today, the iconic Buick still sits in

front of the old Cow Canyon Trad-

ing Post, and people still hit their

brakes as they pass by, backing up

just to grab a photo or two.

The Cow Canyon Trading Post

restaurant is long gone, but the

trading post itself still has its doors

open. Sometimes.

This is one of our favorite places for

a great Southwest road trip.

For 13 Years, River Trading Post has

been the very top place to visit

during Scottsdale’s

Native Spirit

Artwalk.

River Trading Post

314 N. River Street

Dundee, Illinois 60118

847-426-6901

7033 E. Main Street, 102

Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

480-444-0001

www.rivertradingpost.com

Going on 16 years now,

River Trading Post has become

renowned for its diverse collection

of American Indian art, and as the

friendliest place around for explor-

ing and buying American Indian

art.

Browse our galleries, visit our web-

site, and we believe you will find a

treasure with your name on it.

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The 1949 Buick at Cow Canyon

Trading Post is a traffic stopper.

Image above by: Dan Sorensen,

below: Ryan Logan