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Yah-ta-hey, New Mexico Real Estate Appraisal

Identifier: MSS-267-SC

Scope and Content

J. B. Tanner had G. Edwin Holmes appraise the market value of Yah-ta-hey, N.M., as of October 1, 1968. The appraisal included 130 acres of land, with its associated improvements, including a supermarket, Indian store and pawn shop, 2 existing service stations, completion of two proposed service stations, a business office, restaurant, laundromat, barber shop, seed and feed store, piñon processing and bagging facilities, a cattle shipping depot, cattle and sheep holding pens for a cattle trading operation, a used car lot and garage, a used auto parts operation, 10-space trailer park, and therapeutic hot bath. The market value was appraised at $700,000.

The appraisal suggests that the most profitable use of the property would be as an area trading center, including a tourist hotel complex and a manufacturing complex that would tap into the Indian labor pool. Yah-ta-hey's location between Gallup and Farmington, and at the junction leading to Window Rock Tribal Headquarters, Fort Defiance, Canyon de Chelly, the Hopi Reservation, Grand Canyon and other Indian dwelling concentrations and tourist attractions gave it tremendous potential for development and profit-making.

The appraisal contains demographic as well as statistical data and commentary about Navajo social and cultural life as well as describing the potentials for tourism and other avenues of economic development. The appraiser interjects a negative commentary on Gallup, New Mexico.

The appraisal contains black and white photographs of the landscape and the "amenities" of Yah-ta-hey. This collection has previously been known as "J. B. Tanner Notebook."


  • 1968?

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Circa 1962, J. B. Tanner purchased 130 unimproved acres of land at the intersection of US Highway 666 and State Highway 68, approximately 8 miles north of Gallup, New Mexico. Tanner developed the property into a community, which he named Yah-ta-hey. He came from a family of traders with the Navajo. He is credited with establishing the Yah-ta-hey Trading Post in the early 1960's. To the best of J.B. Tanner's recollection, he sold the property to Thriftway convenience stores in 1994.


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The collection consists of a real estate appraisal of Yah-ta-hey, N.M. done for J. B. Tanner by G. Edwin Holmes, apparently in 1968.

Relevant Secondary Sources

  • Eddington, Patrick and Susan Makov. Trading Post Guidebook.AZ: Northland Publishing, 1995
  • "Traders: Voices from the Trading Post" Online exhibit and oral histories:
Finding Aid of the Yah-ta-hey, New Mexico Real Estate Appraisal, 1968?
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Finding aid is in English

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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131