Melvin Mills Mansion

Springer, New Mexico

SFT photo

Photo by Tim Hagaman

This three story adobe mansion was known as Melvin Mill's home ranch, a territorial 20 room mansion with the tallest staircase in New Mexico. Melvin Mills, a Colfax County War participant, an attorney for the Maxwell Land Grant, a New Mexico Legislator, and the District Attorney, built the mansion while platting Springer, New Mexico so the Santa Fe Railroad would come through the town. Springer rail head was the fastest cattle trail to Tascosa Texas for trade and the first purchase of barbed wire for the XIT Ranch of Texas.

The architecture of the Mills Mansion is the most unique on the Santa Fe Trail and New Mexico Territory. The Santa Fe Trail Cimarron Route can be seen from the south balcony, and the Mountain Route of the trail can be seen from the west balcony. Mr. Mills also built the Mills Canyon orchard and stageline.

The home ranch includes a sanctuary of 10 acres available for scout camping before their Philmont Scout Ranch Trek. Living history programs for teachers and guided tours full of history for groups are also available.

Reservations can be made to spend the night at the historic inn. The Ballroom Gallery permanent collection is exhibiting 36 original photographs by deceased Photographer W. Thomas Mullarky. This original Southwest Native American Photograph Collection purchased from Shan Guadagnoli that closed the Mullarky Photo Shop in Historic Gallup in 2007. The original negatives were developed on large board in a bath tub and displayed on the walls of his photo shop for the public to see. The early 20th Century collection are Navajo, Zuni, Acoma, Hopi and Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial the oldest continuous State of New Mexico event.

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