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Tucumcari, NM

Located between Amarillo and Albuquerque, Tucumcari played host to countless road weary travels on the Mother Road by providing more than 1,000 motel rooms in the heyday of the highway.
xTucumcari Mountain
Located just east of town and easily seen from the Mother Road Tucumcari Mountain welcomes you to this cool town and it's active Route 66 community ... read more
Old Whiting Bros Sign
Route 66 at Quay Rd
This old Whiting Bros sign wss located on the east end of Tucumcari on Route 66 just west of the Super 8 Motel ... read more
xBlaze-InSaddle RV Park
2500 E. Route 66
This RV Park sits on the east side of town so it's easy to find when entering Tucumcari from the east on Route 66 ... read more
xPolly Gas Station
1823 E. Route 66
This former Texaco station has been painted to look like a Polly Gas Station. It is now being used by Mechanics Unlimited ... read more
x Old School Garage
1819 East Route 66 at Hawthorne
Junior Garza's Old School Garage was restored in 2011. It is one of ten stations painted by ... read more
xTucumcari Inn
1700 E Route 66
The mid-century Aruba Motel was masquerading as the Tucumcari Inn in 2012. As the Aruba it featured the t ... read more
xRoute 66 Motel
1620 E Route 66
The former Royal Palacio Motel is designed in the International style with floor to ceiling windows ... read more
xKiva / Historic Route 66 RV Park
1416 E Route 66
The former Mesa Court became the Kiva RV Park operated as the Rocking Horse Tourist Camp from 1948-1956. ... read more
x Cactus Courts RV Park
1316 E. Route 66
This grand old auto court faded into history in 2021, another reason to cruise the Mother Road a see the landmarks while you ,,, read more
xPalomino Motel
1215 E. Route 66
The Palomino Motel was opened in 1953. It's one of several vintage motels in Tucumcari ... read more
x Del's Restaurant
1202 E. Route 66
Del's Restaurant has been serving diners in Tucumcari since 1956 ... read more
x Trade Station Gift Shop
1201 E. Route 66
The Trade Station was restored as a vintage Texaco Station as part of the "Paint the Town" project ... read more
x Apache Motel (closed)
1106 E. Route 66
The old Apache Motel opened in 1964 and is located between the Kix on 66 and Dels restaurants ... read more
x Kix on 66 Restaurant
1102 E. Route 66
This former Denny's restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch ... read more
x Roadrunner Lodge
1023 E Route 66
The Roadrunner Lodge is a combination of the 1960s Leatherwood Manor and the 1940s La Plaza Court ... read more
x Circle "S" Ranch Court / Relax Inn
1010 E Route 66
The Circle "S" Ranch Court that opened in the earliy 1950s became the Circle "S" Motel and later the Relax Inn (now closed) ... read more
x Golden Dragon Restaurant
1006 E. Route 66
The Golden Dragon Restaurant opened in 1966. in what had previously been Hall's Restaurant. ... read more
xTeepee Curios
924 E. Route 66
Tepee Curios occupies a 1944 Gulf gas station.. It's one of the last of the curio shops from the heyday of the ... read more
x 1940s Rainbows End Court (Closed)
901 E. Route 66
The old Rainbow's End Court that opened in in the late 1940s became the Town House Motel, but has seen much better days ... read more
x Blue Swallow Motel
815 E. Route 66
The Blue Swallow Court & Cafe opened in 1941. The cafe is gone but the motel is still welcoming guests ... read more
x Safari Motel
722 E. Route 66
The Safari Motel was built in 1959 and opened in 1960 as a Best Western Crown Motel. ... read more
xLa Nora Courts
40x? E Route 66
You have to look fast to spot this little old (former) auto court across the street from the Americana ... read more
xBoulevard Cleaners Sign
405 E Route 66 Blvd.
LOOK UP! The sign on the roof of the Boulevard Cleaners is just too cool! This 20 foot tall neon sign features "The Wash Lady" ... read more
xAmericana Motel
406 E Route 66
This motel opened as the State Motor Lodge in 1935 and became the Desert Air Motel, then a Whiting Brothers Motel ... read more
xFormer Sahara Sands Motel
315 east 66
The former Sahara Sands Motel was built in 1959 with 32 units and a restaurant ... read more
xLa Cita Mexican Restaurant
812 S. First St.
Just around the corner from Route 66 on S. 1st street with a cool sombrero-shaped entrance south of Route 66 in 1961 ... read more

Side Trip:
From Route 66 (or La Cita) take 1st Street north 2 blocks and turn east on Laughlin Ave for one block to the Mesalands Dinosaur Museum at the corner of Laughlin and Adams.

xMesalands Dinosaur Museum
222 E. Laughlin St. (at Adams Ave)
This is the place to get hands on with your friendly neighborhhod dino, or at least look him in the eye and say hello! ... read more

x Tucumcari Historical Museum
416 S. Adams St.
This museum has everything from antique farm wagons and buggies to a 1926 fire engine and a caboose to a jet ... read more
x1926 Railroad Depot
Railroad Ave and N 2nd St.
The 1926 Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Depot is the only Spanish Architectual Style station in New Mexico. ... read more

Back on 66:
From the depot take 2nd street back to the Mother Road.

x Faux Whiting Brothers Gas Station
384 W Route 66
Another station painted as part of the "Paint the Town" Project. A friendly attendant is painted on the door of the building at ... read more
xPow Wow Inn
801 W. Route 66
Lin's Motor Court grew into the Congress Inn and eventually the 92-unit Pow Wow Inn, Restaurant and ... read more
xBudget Inn
824 W. Route 66
Marvin & Alice Whittington opened the Golden W Motel in 1953and sold it a few years later. It eventually becoming the ... read more
x Ranch House Cafe
1009 W. Route 66
This long closed Mexican Restaurant was still still sporting a cool sign in 2012 ... read more
x Buckaroo Motel
1315 W. Route 66
The Buckaroo Motel was built on the west side of Tucumcari in the late 1950s but this cool sign came later ... read more
x RT 66 Monument
1500 W Route 66
This sculpture stands in front of the Tucumcari Civic Center on the west end of town ... read more
x Coronado Court
1900 W. Route 66
The 1930 Coronado Court on the west end of Tucumcari was signed as the Tucumcari Trading Post when we went by in ... read more
x1926 - 1970s Alignment West
W. Tucumcari Blvd
This dead-end section starts just east of I-40, exit 329. Turn west onto W. Tucumcari Blvd ... read more

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xStay tuned, there's more to come!  


x About Us We started traveling Historic U.S. Route 66 as a destination in 2009. It's like a 2,400 mile long drive back in time from Chicago to Santa Monica! more
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.