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“Rawhide” was once filmed in Tucumcari area May 12, 2010

Posted by Ron Warnick in Movies, People, Television, Towns.

“Rawhide,” the TV western that helped launch the long career of Clint Eastwood, used the Route 66 town of Tucumcari, N.M., as a base to film five episodes in 1959, according to a story in the Quay County Sun.

If you have fuzzy memories of “Rawhide,” this might jolt your brain:

The Sun reports:

Actors and technicians arrived in Tucumcari on Aug. 10, 1959, for six weeks of work, the Tucumcari Daily News reported.

The show’s stars included Eastwood, Eric Fleming and Sheb Wooley. Guest stars also popped in and out of town for brief appearances.

The paper reported scenes were filmed at three Quay County ranches. The cast and crew, about 65 in all, were seen regularly around town and became regular patrons at Del’s Restaurant.

An autographed photo of Eastwood once hung on Del’s wall. A number of longtime Tucumcari residents gave their memories of the production to the newspaper.

On a side note, Wooley was born in the Route 66 town of Erick, Okla., and has a street named after him.

The Sun also reported that Jimmy Stewart stayed in town for a couple of days during a snowstorm. Brenda Lee, Morgan Freeman, Willie Nelson and, most recently, Paul McCartney spent some time in Tucumcari.

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