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MADISON - 8 miles northeast of Folsom, in Dry Cimarron Canyon. First town in what is now Union County. All that is left are ruins of the old grist mill. Named for James Madison Emery, who settled in NM in 1865. Post Office 1874 to 1888. map

MAESTAS LAKE -map

MAJOR LONG'S CREEK - Flows southeast across the southern tip of county into Texas. Possibly commemorative of Stephen H Long (1784-1864), American explorer and engineer, who led a US Army expedition in 1819-1820 to the Rocky Mountains returning by the Arkansas and Canadian Rivers. Long's Peak in Colorado was also named for him.

MALPAIS HILL - 3 miles southwest of Dora and near Farley - Mt. Dora branch at AT&SF RR right of way.

MALPAIZ - historical, map

MALPIE - Formerly called MALPAIS . This spelling is a clue to the widespread pronunciation in the West: "mal pi". Former trading point 12 miles south of Capulin and northeast of Chico near the Union county line. Named for the great quantity of volcanic rock found in the hills and area near the settlement. Post Office, Malpais, 1909 to 1911; mail to Des Moines; Malpie, 1916 to 1939.

MALPIE LAKE - map

MALPIE MOUNTAIN - map

MANSKER - Site of former consolidated school, 9 miles south of Clayton on NM 18. Named for Robert W Mansker, old time peace officer. map

MARQUEZ - map

MAVERICK - map

MAYS RANCH - map

MCCARLEY - map

MCLAUGHLIN - map

MCLAUGHLIN BRIDGE - map

MC NEES CREEK - See CORRUMPA CREEK

MCNEES CROSSING - map

MESITA CREEK - map

MIDDLE CANYON - map

MIDDLE MESA - map

MIDDLE TRABAJO CREEK - map

MIERA - The earliest record of this surname, is that of a soldier, Bernardo Miera y Pacheco, who appeared in Santa Fe as early as 1756. His son, Anacleto, is said to be the founder of the family that settled this town. It is 9 miles south of Barney, at the Union Harding county line. At one time it was called TRAMPERAS, also LOUIS. First postmaster, Francisco Miera. Post Office 1889, intermittently to 1927. map

MILADY CANYON -map

MILLER - map map

MILLER CANYON - map  map

MILLER GAP - map

MITCHEL CANYON - map

MITCHEL SPRINGS - map

MONIA CREEK - Doubtless a mispelling of the spanish "monilla", a shrub like plant producing a hard black seed, found in NM. First called MONIA ARROYO. The creek flows east across the southern tip of Union County into Texas. map

MOORE LAKE - map

MORRIS LAKE - map

MORRISON SPRING - map

MOSCOW CREEK - map

MOSES - There are two communities with this name, an old one and a new one. "Old" Moses was located near Corrumpa Creek, 18 miles northeast of Clayton. This settlement was known in the days of the Santa Fe Trail. Upon the sale of the Espinosa Ranch (Delfin Espinosa was the last owner of the Old Moses Store). A new store and post office was started at a curve on NM 18. The first postmaster was Frank Moses, Post Office, 1909 to 1955. map

MOUNT CAPULIN - See CAPULIN MOUNTAIN

MOUNT CLAYTON - 8 miles west of Mt. Dora and 3 miles south of C&S RR right of way. Named ROUND MOUNTAIN by traders on the Santa Fe Trail, who crossed here in 1822 under the leadership of Colonel Becknell. In 1887 the name changes to Mount Clayton by US Senator Stephen Dorsey of Arkansas in honor of his son, Clayton. See Clayton. map

MOUNT DORA - The mountain is 15 miles northwest of Clayton, named for Senator Dorsey's sister in law. The ranching community is on US 87, 18 miles northwest of Clayton. The settlement is 3 miles from Mt. Dora. Shipping point for cattle, sheep and grain. Post Office 1908 to present day. map

MUD HILL - map

MURPHY LAKE - map

NEGRO CANYON - map

NIGGER MESA - On the Colorado state line with union County between Branson and Folsom. Named by the cowboys after a fight where a Black Chuck Wagon Cook killed a Black Cowboy, which happened at the foot of the mesa in the early 1880's. map

NORTH CANADIAN - See CORRUMPAW, or CANADIAN RIVER , NORTH BRANCH CORRUMPA CREEK - map

NORTH CANYON - map

NORTH DES MOINES - Post Office 1909 to 1916. map

OAK CANYON - map

OAK CANYON CREEK - 4 miles south of Emery Gap, between Folsom and Emery Gap. map

OLD MOSES - map

ORPHAN HILL - map

OTTO - map

PACHECO RANCH - map

PACHECO SPRING - map

PALO BLANCO CREEK - map

PARMAN - map

PASAMONTE - Spanish "pass or opening between the mountains". On NM 58, 33 miles west of Clayton. Lies between rolling hills. Established in 1899 by Carl Gilg, the first postmaster. Post Office, 1899 to 1947. map

PASAMONTE LAKE - North and west of Pasamonte. map 1, map 2,

PASAMONTE RANCH - map

PATTERSON - First postmaster, Gertie Patterson. Post Office 1910 to 1918.

PEACOCK CANYON - Prong of Cimarron Canyon 35 miles northeast of Folsom. A family of this name located here in the early 1870's. See DRIPPING SPRINGS. map

PEACOCK CANYON PROSPECT MINE - map

PEACOCK DRAW - map

PEACOCK HILL - map

PEDERNAL CREEK - map

PENNINGTON - 17 miles southwest of Mt. Dora. Post Office 1914 to 1921. map

PENRITH - On C&S RR, 3 miles southeast of Mt. Dora. Once a blind siding and shipping point for cattle. Now grazing land. map

PERICO - Spanish for parrot or parakeet. Also, a family name. Post Office 1886 to 1888; changed to CLAYTON.

PERICO CANYON - Rises near Tripod Mountain, flows east, passes 6 miles south of Mt. Dora and 5 miles south of Clayton into Texas.

PIGEON CLIFFS ARCHAELOGICAL SITE - map

PINABETE ARROYO or CREEK - Lear Creek flows into it. map map

PINABETE CANYON - map

PINABETE SPRINGS - map

PINABETITOS CREEK - "Little fir trees". Rises southwest of Pasamonte and joins Major Long's Creek below Stead.

PINCO DRAW - map

PINON RIDGE - map

PLEASANT - Former settlement and school district in farming region, 10 miles east of Des Moines. Also called PLEASANT VALLEY. Post Office 1914 to 1915. map

PLUNKET DRAW - map

POISON SPRINGS - map

POTTER ARROYO  - map

POTTER RINCON - map

PRICE RANCH - map

PURVINE HILLS - map

PURVINE MESA - map

PURVINES - map

QUIMBY - map
RABBIT EAR CREEK - First called RABBIT EARS CREEK, later renamed CIENAGA CREEK, and still later BIG SPRING. Name for the Mountain Ridge to the east, "Las Orejas de Conejo" "Ears of the Rabbit". Freighters on the Santa Fe Trail called it CIENEGA DEL BURRO or "jackass swamp". Known today as SENECA Creek. It flows east between Rabbit Ear Mountain and Clayton, continuing into Texas.

RABBIT EAR MESA -map

RABBIT EAR MOUNTAIN - 6 miles north of Clayton, near US 87. Named for a Comanche Chief, called Rabbit Ears, because his ears had been frozen. He was killed in battle and buried on the mountainside. In 1717, at this place, a volunteer army of 500 Spaniards killed several hundred Comanches, and took 700 prisoner, after which a long truce followed. map  Historical marker, map

RAFAEL CREEK - Rises southeast of Sierra Grande Mountain and empties into Corrumpaw Creek (now the North Canadian). Said to have been named by US Senator Stephen W Dorsey of Arkansas, who sojourned in NM in the 1880's. map

RAFAELITO CREEK - map

RAMON - Post Office 1911 to 1914.; changed to DAVID.

RARDIN HILL - map

RED HILL - map

REESE HILL - On NM 18.5 miles south of US 64 at Clayton. Named for a family who lived near the foot of the hill. NM 18, leading from Cimarron River Canyon south to Clayton, emerges from the canyon at this point.

REIF HILL - map

RINKER DRAW - map

RIVER MESA - map

ROAD CANYON - South of Reese Hill. So named because the first road leading through Cimarron Canyon to Clayton went through it. map

ROARING SPRING - map

ROBERTSON - map

ROCK HILL - map

ROCKLEDGE RANCH -map

ROCKY ARROYO - map

RODRIGUEZ CANYON - map

ROMERO SPRING - map

ROUND MOUNTAIN - See MOUNT CLAYTON

ROYCE - Community 8 miles west of Clayton on C&S RR, US 64 and 87. Ranchers received their mail and shipped cattle. map 


 

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