The Aztec Mill Room
The Old Aztec Grist Mill construction began in 1860 and was completed four years later at a cost of $48,000. The three-story building was constructed for Lucian Maxwell who had a government contract to supply flour, corn meal, and horse and cattle feed to Ft. Union and the Indian Agency which fed the Ute and Jicarilla Apache. As the mill was powered by water, a one mile ditch was dug to channel water to the mill. The mill ceased commercial operation in 1886. In 1930, the CS Cattle Company bought the building and surrounding acreage. They built the stables which are at the rear of the building and here they raised and trained polo ponies. The ground floor of the Old Mill was the headquarters of the Cimarron Polo Club. In 1967, the CS Ranch turned the Old Mill into a museum. Today, there are volunteer hosts to welcome you to Cimarron, where the old West still lives.