While I can only guess as to all the reasons why, the bottom line is that KKOZ has a more active trading post than KKOW.
It seems that what activity there is on KKOW's trading post, strangely enough, is almost confined to the town of Pittsburg itself, which is not all that enormous as "big towns" go.
The first trading posts were founded after 1868, when Navajos who had been rounded up by Kit Carson were returned to their vast homeland (limited by reservation borders, that is).
In 1881, when the railroad arrived, trade with the East increased and the trading posts prospered.
Though they recognize the need for such diversification, they and others decry trading posts that stock mass-produced or imported "Indian" arts and crafts, often at high prices even after so-called deep discounts.
At the Borrego Pass Trading Post, managers Merle and Rosella Moore stock videos and motor oil for Gallup-area residents, as well as a selection of high-quality, reasonably priced kachinas for visitors willing to brave a dirt road that becomes slippery, even boggy, when wet.
BORREGO PASS TRADING POST, 20 miles north of Prewitt on County Rd.
The Bear Mountain Trading Post, on Moonridge Road, is a log-cabin treasure trove of American Indian goods, old-fashioned candy, kitchen gadgets, coffee beans, even old snowshoes hung from the walls and a full-size sleigh hanging from the ceiling.
a faux trading post, is crammed with nostalgic items for sale inside a log cabin, above.