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Roadrunner Lodge (Royal Inn)1023 E Route 66, Tucumcari, NM
This photo shows the 1940s La Plaza wing of the combined motels, note that it was still displaying the Royal Inn sign in 2012, . The 1940s La Plaza originally featured 15 rooms with attached garages. The garages were later converted to guest rooms. The mid-1960s Leatherwood Manor is a two story building. The La Plaza was listed in the 1952 edition of the Green Book guide for Black travelers.
When the two properties where combined the roofline of the newer motel was extended over the lobby of the older La Plaza Motel. The LaPlaza Motel lobby was then converted into guest rooms. I don't yet know when the motels were combined, but an early 1970s postcard shows it hadn't happened yet.
It's hard to miss the large Roadrunner Lodge sign while cruising down Tucumcari Blvd.
One of Tucumcari's finer small motor courts
Overlooking Tucumcari Mountain
Note: The 1940s La Plaza Court postcard could be viewed as "just
the basics", if that, especially when it came to the early phone
Photo(s): 2012, 2015