Tucumcari was a typical Route 66 town with a strip of motels and buildings from the bygone era of highway travel. There isn’t a whole lot to do in Tucumcari, but it was probably my favorite town along Route 66 because I loved, loved, LOVED all of the old buildings, motels, signs, and ruins. There is the Blue Swallow motel, one of the crown jewel motels of Route 66, La Cita with its sombrero hat, Motel Safari, Teepee Curios … hell, even the pet supplies store had an awesome sign!
Sadly, when Highway 40 was built, it bypassed the town and most travelers don’t get off the highway aside from the McDonalds or the Sonic near the exit. Because of this, many of the businesses have closed and nearly 25% of the town’s population lives below the poverty line.
You can read more about the town in my previous blog post, but this post is dedicated to Tucumcari’s bygone Mother Road era and her old motels and signs.
Which one is your favorite? I’m torn between the Pony Soldier, the Palomino, Teepee Curios, and La Cita.