New Mexico's

"Home on the Range"

 

Village of Roy

Roy is at the crossroads of Highways 120 east and west and 39 north and south. It is east of Wagon Mound and north of Mosquero in Harding County.

Many of the buildings in town are old, but sturdy, from the early years of the settlement. Several of these yesteryear buildings have been refurbished and made into attractive homes and places of business. The Floersheim Building was a general store from 1897 until 1969, and now houses several business rental units. The Mesa Theater still stands, but is not in use. An early day hospital is now an apartment complex, and the Senior Citizen's Center once was the headquarters for the telephone company. The Village offices are presently located in a WPA (Works Progress Administration) project building which was completed in 1936. The Blasi residence has been donated to the Village of Roy for the purpose of the establishment of a Harding County historical library.

Roy is a very active town. There were times when the lack of water looked as if it would cause the town to fold up but the people held on, and eventually a remedy was found to take care of the matter.

A newer building is the Harding County Community Center which provides space for meetings, business and social gatherings and the Harding County Fair exhibits and activities. Adjacent to it are the newly remodeled Fair Barns and Rodeo Arena where the Annual County Fair and 4-H Livestock events are held. Roy's newest additions are a Volunteer Fire Department Building which has six bays and houses Fire Trucks and two Rescue Units and a new Magistrate Court Building.

The Roy Municipal School, K-12, has well-kept buildings and a spacious gymnasium. The school is noted for it's State Championships in the sports of Volleyball, Basketball, Football and Track. Interactive Television is available at the school for students as well as members of the community.

Three denominations providing places of worship are the Catholic Church, Baptist ChurchMethodist/Christian United Church and a newly formed non-denominational church.

Civic organizations holding meetings in town are the American Legion and Auxiliary, Federated Woman's Club, Order of the Eastern Star, Solano Homemaker's Club, Harding County Fair Board, Northeastern New Mexico Livestock Association, Pinon Cowbelles, Mounted Patrol Troop #15, 4-H Clubs, Roy Boosters Club and School groups. A Senior Citizen's Meal site is also an active service.

State Offices available in Roy are the State Land Office, Mesa Soil & Water Conservation District, State Highway District 4 and Division of Vocations Rehabilitation. Federal offices are the Post Office and the Natural Resource Conservation Service. County office is the Magistrate Court. The Village is well-policed by a full time Marshal. A Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical teams and equipment are on call.

Local Businesses include a Bank, General Store, Tax Service,  Cafe, Bed & Bath, Antiques Shop, Barber, Tire Repair Shop, Ag Services, Trailer Park, Health Center Clinic, Gift Shops w/local Craftsmen, Healthcare Service,  Trading Post, Oil, Gas and Propane Distributors, Bar & Lounge, Auctioneer and Appraisal Service, and a Construction Company.

Outlying industries supporting our economy are ranching and the Carbon Dioxide production business.

The Village maintains two parks and the larger, near the school, is well equipped for recreation and gatherings. The Village is in the process of developing it's newly acquired 640-acre Chicosa Lake, a few miles from town.

Hunting, fishing and camping facilities are available in near-by areas and attract many visitors in season.

The climate in Roy is mild to moderate, the elevation is 5890 feet, and the prevailing wind is from the southwest. The nearest interstate 25, is 34 miles west on State Highway 120. State Highway 39 is the main thoroughfare through town north and south, and this is crossed by State Highway 120 going east and west. The nearest air terminal is Amarillo, 171 miles or Albuquerque 210 miles.

Although now a ranching community, the county still continues to produce carbon dioxide which helps to keep some employment going for the town.

Although its population has dwindled to about 268, the Village of Roy attracts families to our good school, as well as many retirees and people seeking a healthier environment, because the Village is noted for its clean air, pure well water and peaceful atmosphere.