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Blue Swallow Motel

815 E. Route 66, Tucumcari, NM
Phone: 575-461-9849

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You can tell by the pictures that much has been done to the Blue Swallow Motel since Kevin & Nancy Meuller bought it. W. A. Higgins purchased the lot in 1939 and the Blue Swallow Court & Cafe opened in 1941. In the 1950s the motel was purchased by Floyd Redman for his wife Lillian who added the often photographed sign in 1960. The motel was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1993.


Look at these beds and the Blue Swallows resting on them!


The Blue Swallow is from an era when many motels had a carport for each room. Not many motels with this feature still exist.


The carports are one of my favorite parts of the Blue Swallow, this kind of attention to detail is about as cool as things get on Route 66. Note the map on the wall on the left side.

Photo(s): 2009 - 2012

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