Carl Henning

Casa Grande Trading Post

We spent a non-traditional Fourth of July driving down the Turquoise Trail from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. We found a couple funky little museums along the way. First,  the Casa Grande Trading Post, Petting Zoo & Cerrillos Turquoise Mining Museum. We were the only visitors that morning. It was a bit of a challenge to find it on the dirt roads of Cerillos, New Mexico. (Cerillos was once considered for the New Mexico state capital. It got passed over.)

Just north of Cerillos, turquoise was mined by prehistoric Indians and traded broadly. It is still mined there today.

The gift shop had tons of turquoise and turquoise jewelry. We didn’t buy any. But we did pay $2 each to tour the museum. (We skipped the petting zoo but photographed the scenic view.) The museum covered mining, movies filmed in town, whiskey bottles galore, and much more.

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