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Palomino Motel1215 E. Route 66, Tucumcari, NM
James & Gladys Hyde were the original owners. Based on owners listed on postcards it looks like Klem and Phyllis Miller owned the motel in both the early 60s and again in the early 70s because Bill & Velma Jackson are listed as owners in the mid-60s. The Miller's apparently shared a sense of adventure as they enjoyed piloting a single engine plane around the southwest.
The sign appears is a combination of incandescent and neon lighting. The letters spelling Palomino are outlined in neon and filled with incandescent bulb. The arrow swooping around the name is lit with about 150 incandescent bulbs on each side. The word MOTEL is outlined in neon, as is the backlit sign can holding image of the horse. Directly under that sign can are three rings of neon surrounding the supporting column. A rough count comes to something like 1,000 incandescent bulbs in total. Think about the joy of climbing up there and changing a couple dozen burned out bulbs in the cold snowy winter, sound like fun?.
The original sign apparently didn't last long as a late 1950s postcards shows the sign above. Even the newer sign has undergone some updating over the years, The Palomino letters and background have changed color. The original is on display at the Neonopolis Museum in Las Vegas, NV.
Note: Maybe the most interesting thing among these three postcards
is that the 1960s card devotes about 1/3 of the correspondence space
to describing the motel and another 1/3 to reciting the legend of how
the town got its name.