Grants-Milan, NM

Grants began as a railroad camp in the 1880s, when three Canadian brothers – Angus A. Grant, John R. Grant, and Lewis A. Grant – were awarded a contract to build a section of the new Atlantic and Pacific Railroad through the region. The Grant brothers' camp was first called Grants Camp, then Grants Station, and finally Grants. The new city enveloped the existing colonial New Mexican settlement of Los Alamitos and grew along the tracks of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad.

The town prospered as a result of railroad logging in the nearby Zuni Mountains, and it served as a section point for the Atlantic and Pacific, which became part of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad empire. The Zuni Mountain Railroad short line had a roundhouse in town (near present day Exit 81 off Interstate 40) and housed workers in a small community named Breecetown. Timber from the Zuni Mountains was shipped to Albuquerque where a large sawmill converted the timber to wood products that were sold around the west.

After the decline of logging in the 1930s, Grants gained fame as the "carrot capital" of the United States. Agriculture was aided by the creation of Bluewater Reservoir, and the region's volcanic soils provided ideal conditions for farming. Grants also benefited from its location on U.S. Route 66, which brought tourists and travelers and the businesses that catered to them.

Perhaps the most memorable boom in the town's history occurred when Paddy Martinez, a Navajo shepherd, discovered uranium ore near Haystack Mesa, sparking a mining boom that lasted until the 1980s. The collapse of mining pulled the town into a depression, but the town has enjoyed a resurgence based on interest in tourism and the scenic beauty of the region. Recent interest in nuclear power has revived the possibility of more uranium mining in the area, and energy companies still own viable mining properties and claims in the area.

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Statistics (residential)

Total Listings: 3
Average Price: $105,633
Highest Price: $152,500
Lowest Price: $74,500

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Listings in Grants-Milan, NM

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Welcome To 18 Buena Vida! Great One Acre Home I...

$205,000 Active 18 Buena Vida Road, Milan, NM
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1 Acres
  • 1,655 ft²


Welcome To 18 Buena Vida! Great One Acre Home Is Loaded With Charm & So Many Extras! You'll Enjoy The Private Gated Entrance & All The Space! All Animals/horses Welcome. Land Is Fully Fenced Offering Beautiful 3 Bedroom 2 Living Home With 34x17 Workshop W/e...

MLS® #1028184

At Under $90/square Foot, This Is A Lot Of Move...

$152,500 Active 465 Ice Caves Road, Grants, NM
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.61 Acres
  • 1,734 ft²


At Under $90/square Foot, This Is A Lot Of Move In Ready House For The Money $$$ Features Include A Low Maintenance Metal Roof, Anderson Windows Just Installed In 2020, 4 Bedrooms In A Split Design, With Elevated Ceilings And Ceiling Fans In The Primary Win...

MLS® #202335258

This 1-story Modular Home On A Large Lot Featur...

$144,000 Pending 8 Toms Place, Milan, NM
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1 Acres
  • 2,037 ft²


This 1-story Modular Home On A Large Lot Features 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Open/bright Floorplan, Wood Stove, Storage Shed, 2 Car Carport, And A Covered Deck. Show And Sell Today! Home Is Eligible For $100 Down Payment Program When Using Fha 203 (b) Or Fha ...

MLS® #1028582

Opportunity Awaits In This Three-bedroom Two Ba...

$74,500 Active 924 Jackson Avenue, Grants, NM
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 1,292 ft²


Opportunity Awaits In This Three-bedroom Two Bath Home With Spacious Detachedgarage. Some Work/refreshing Is Required To Make This Home Move In Ready Butcould Be Worth The Effort. Whether You Decide To Customize This Home Foryourself Or Rent It Out, This Ho...

MLS® #1029097

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Listing information last updated on April 1st, 2023 at 8:26pm MDT.