State also will recommend Immanuel Presbyterian Church in ABQ’s Nob Hill.
One of the few remaining traditional Navajo trading posts has been recommended for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, The Daily Times in Farmington reported.
Borrego Pass Trading Post Historic District in Crownpoint was recommended along with Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque’s Nob Hill neighborhood by the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division of the state Department of Cultural Affairs as worthy of National Register status, according to the Cibola Beacon.
The Crownpoint trading post is considered nationally significant not only for its history of commerce and the Navajo Nation, but also because of its ties to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Tom Drake, spokesman for the Historic Preservation Division, told The Daily Times.
“The owners were affiliated with the church,” Drake told the paper. “A lot of Navajo trading posts were affiliated with the Mormon church. Almost all the people who operated trading posts were Anglo, and those who traded were Navajo.”
Borrego Pass Trading Post was opened in 1927 by Ben and Anna Harvey, The Daily Times said.
An estimated 400 trading posts once operated in the area, but most had gone out of business by the 1980s as industry took over and trade was conducted in cash, Drake told The Daily Times.
Eight New Mexico trading posts already are listed on either the state or the national registers of historic places, the paper reported.
According to the Cibola Beacon, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, at 114 Carlisle SE in Albuquerque, was completed between 1949 and 1956 and was designed by John Gaw Meem, then New Mexico’s most prominent architect.
The church’s crisp neoclassical lines and massive sanctuary were said to have been inspired by San Esteban del Rey mission church at Acoma Pueblo, the Beacon said.