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Roy in Harding County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Mills Canyon

 
 
Mills Canyon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Wade Carrington, March 12, 2013
1. Mills Canyon Marker
Inscription. The site of one of New Mexico's most spectacular horticultural enterprises, the Orchard Ranch, established by Melvin W. Mills of Springer and notable for its skillfully engineered irrigation system. The ranch cultivated 12 miles of land along the Canadian River. Vegetable gardens and thousands of fruit trees flourished in the 1880's and later. A destructive flood wiped out orchards, irrigation system, buildings, and other improvements in 1904. They were never replaced.
 
Location. 35° 56.039′ N, 104° 11.478′ W. Marker is in Roy, New Mexico, in Harding County. Marker is at the intersection of Richelieu Street (State Road 39 at milepost 67) and Floersheim Street, on the right when traveling north on Richelieu Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Roy NM 87743, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Canadian River Canyon (approx. 9.5 miles away).
 
Categories. AgricultureHorticulture & ForestryWaterways & Vessels
 
Mills Canyon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Wade Carrington, March 12, 2013
2. Mills Canyon Marker
Mills Canyon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Wade Carrington, March 12, 2013
3. Mills Canyon Marker
Back side of the marker
Ruins at Mills Canyon image. Click for full size.
By Wade Carrington, March 12, 2013
4. Ruins at Mills Canyon
This is a picture of the ruins at Mills Canyon. The turn for the canyon is actually 10 miles north of Roy (location of the marker) off NM 39. You must then drive approximately 9 miles on dirt and gravel roads to get to the campground area where the ruins are located. The last few miles require at least a high clearance vehicle and possibly 4-wheel drive depending on weather.
The Ruins at Mills Canyon. image. Click for full size.
By Wade Carrington, March 12, 2013
5. The Ruins at Mills Canyon.
Mills Canyon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Wade Carrington, March 12, 2013
6. Mills Canyon Marker
View from Mills Canyon Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 17, 2013, by Wade Carrington of Colleyville, Texas. This page has been viewed 613 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 17, 2013, by Wade Carrington of Colleyville, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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