Monday, September 15, 2008

Dawn in Monument Valley Arizona

The Monument valley trading post belonged to a man named "Goulding". He went to Hollywood in the early twenties and sold some movie makers on the idea of filming westerns on location in Monument Valley and when the production companies came out, they stayed at the tourist cabins that he had by his Indian trading post (this was in pre-motel days). In some of the John Wayne movies buildings from Goulding's lodge and dining hall complex were used as props. The building that you see in the photo was the trading post (on the first floor). The Gouldings lived on the second floor. This building served as post headquarters at the fort in "Fort Apache".

Here's a site that tells you more about Harry Goulding and his wife "Mike".

She was helping to restore the trading post to what it had once been years ago. Peace, tranquility and vastness best describes Monument Valley. I think we could all use a little peace these days.
Thanks to Dale for sharing all his good stuff so that I can share it with you.
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bobbie said...

Beautiful country. Beautiful pictures.

Judy said...

Beautiful pictures. I could use some peace but will have to start cleaning up the yard today. We had 70 mile winds yesterday. Remnants of Ike. Limbs everywhere, electric on and off, phone, computer, and cable out all night but nothing compared to Texas. All that and not a drop of rain. It has rained here once in 2 months!

Deborah Godin said...

What an interesting post, I love reading about all the history. I've always thought this would be a great trip - along the "Thelma and Louise" highway...only skip the cliff!