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Buckaroo Motel

1315 W. Route 66, Tucumcari, NM
Phone: 505-461-1650

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The Buckaroo Motel was built on the west side of Tucumcari in the late 1950s and purchased by Ruby and Stanley Jennings in 1963. Stanley died in 1975 but Ruby continued to run the motel until 2004 when she sold it. That was actually the second sale, the first in 1993 resulted in Ruby getting the motel back. The motel appears to have grown over the years having started with ten units and adding more as time went on. According to the 1959/60 AAA Tour Book you could spend the night here for between $6.00 andf 8.00, you could rent a TV for a little more.

x This sign was installed later, the Buckaroo Motel lettering is lit with neon, the yellowish section has incandescent lighting. It's hard to see in this image but there is a 3D cowboy on a bucking bronco on the redish round section above Buckaroo. The original sign was nice but not nearly as eye catching as this one.

Photo(s): 2012



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xDid You Know: Many parts of the old 4 lane Route 66 were reverted to a 2 lane road after 66 was realigned to the interstate. In many places the abandoned lanes are still there.



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