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Frances Canyon Ruin

Frances Canyon Ruin
and Boundary Increase (LA 2135)
Southeastern side of the ruin
Frances Canyon Ruin is located in New Mexico
Frances Canyon Ruin
Nearest city Blanco, New Mexico
Area 2.5 acres (1.0 ha) (original); 1.5 acres (0.61 ha) (increase)
Built 1716
Governing body Bureau of Land Management
MPS Navajo-Refugee Pueblo TR (AD) [original]; Navajo-Refugee Pueblo TR (increase)
NRHP Reference # 70000404 (original); 87000244 (increase)[1]
Added to NRHP September 4, 1970 (original); January 21, 1987 (increase)

The Frances Canyon Ruin is a Navajo pueblito near Blanco in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, United States. Built ca. 1716,[1] it reflects economic and social changes taking place among the Navajo of this area during the 18th century. In the previous century the Spanish introduced sheep, fruit, cattle, and horses into the area. This, along with the Navajo's adaptation of certain pueblo lifeways after the Pueblo Revolt (1680-1692), led to increased settlement size and new trade relations. This site can be contrasted with modern Navajo communities which consist of clusters of hogans, widely dispersed with a trade system based on scattered trading posts and the motor vehicle.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  

External links

  • "Frances Canyon Ruin" (Map). Farmington, New Mexico Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  • "Frances Canyon Ruin" (Pictures). Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  • "Defensive Sites of Dinétah". U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
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