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Pow Wow Inn & Lizard Lounge

801 W. Route 66, Tucumcari, NM

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Having inherited her late fathers 9 unit Lins Motor Court Bettie Ditto arrived in Tucumcari in 1955 with her children in tow. In 1959 she expanded the old motor court, which she had renamed the Lazy L Motel into the Congress Inn by adding 30 rooms and a restaurant. The motel eventually grew into the 92 unit Best Western Pow Wow Inn, Restaurant and and Lizard Lounge. The complex was spread over several building. By 2015 it appears that the Best Western affilation had ended.

Vintage Advertising Highlights

Early 60s Postcard
Congress Inn
Carte Blanche, AAA Diners Club, American Express
Tucumcari's Finest Motor Hotel, Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge
Also Bowling Alley Adjoining
On U. S. Highways 66 and 54
West Side of City
Tucumcari, New Mexico
Large Heated Pool
Delightful Patio
24 Hour Phone Service
50 Large rooms
Beautifully Furnished Rooms, Suites, Studios
Sales Display Rooms
Individually Controlled Refridgerated Air-Conditioning
Forced Air Heating
Magic Fingers Mattresses
Phone 177 TWX 2551

Note: This postcard is probably from a second expansion because it lists 50 rooms, but the very early 1960s because they were still using a 3 digit phone number. The "Magic Fingers" was a massaging (more like simple vibrating) attachment with a coin operated control box into which you placed a quarter or two for a few minutes of use.

Photo(s): 2015



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