Kayenta and Monument Valley, Arizona (Images of America Series)

Kayenta and Monument Valley, Arizona (Images of America Series)


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In December 1910, Indian traders John and Louisa Wetherill opened their trading post—with a tent for supplies (and sleeping) and a store counter of boards laid across two barrels. From that modest beginning, Kayenta became the center of Navajo gatherings and exploring expeditions to Rainbow Bridge, Monument Valley, and the grand cliff dwellings in Tsegi Canyon. Soon came a parade of visitors, including authors, painters, and archaeologists, as well as cowboys, miners, traders, and tourists. The Kayenta Township today is home to descendants of the early inhabitants and the hub for thousands of annual visitors from around the world who come to see the magnificent region known as Monument Valley.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738586304
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 10/06/2010
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,215,476
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Carolyn O’Bagy Davis is the author of numerous books on the history of the American West. Harvey Leake is a descendant of Kayenta pioneers John and Louisa Wetherill. Their extensive collection of historic photographs is featured in this book. Kayenta Township Commissioner Richard Paul Mike is an anomaly within his own tribe, from having three first names to co-owning a number of fast-food restaurants and a hotel on the great Navajo Nation.

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Acknowledgments 8

Introduction 9

1 Red Canyons and Purple Sage 11

2 Moonlight Water 19

3 Diné Means "the People" 33

4 Kayenta, Where Water Comes Like Fingers out of a Hill 49

5 Monument Valley 95

6 Kayenta Today 111

Bibliography 127

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