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Museum unveils restored Tucumcari Motel sign

Museum unveils restored Tucumcari Motel sign

The New Mexico Route 66 Museum in Tucumcari on Monday officially unveiled the restored Tucumcari Motel neon sign. Here’s a brief Facebook video of the unveiling: Eight Ball Engineering in Clovis, New Mexico, restored the sign’s paint. Wellborn Sign Company…

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Fire damages Paradise Motel in Tucumcari

Fire damages Paradise Motel in Tucumcari

Fire heavily damaged the main office building and one room Friday afternoon at the long-closed Paradise Motel on the western edge of Tucumcari, New Mexico. The fire didn’t damage the motel’s distinctive neon sign, its garage or much of the…

Tucumcari Motel sign emerges from the ashes

Tucumcari Motel sign emerges from the ashes

The last time most people saw the old Tucumcari Motel sign near downtown Tucumcari, New Mexico, the long-closed business was destroyed by a suspected arson fire about three years ago. Because it stood about 20 feet from the building, the…

Two historic properties for sale in Galena, Tucumcari

Two historic properties for sale in Galena, Tucumcari

In the past week or so, we’ve stumbled onto historic properties along Route 66 in Galena, Kansas, and Tucumcari, New Mexico, that might interest a prospective entrepreneur for not a lot of money. The Tucumcari property once was the Jerry’s Liquors…

Replacement festival opposed for Rockabilly on the Route

Replacement festival opposed for Rockabilly on the Route

A proposal by a city official to organize a replacement festival for the discontinued Rockabilly on the Route music fest in Tucumcari, New Mexico, was tabled after Rockabilly’s co-organizer said such a bid would be “theft” of intellectual property. Rockabilly…

Palomino Motel in Tucumcari gets a new owner

Palomino Motel in Tucumcari gets a new owner

The Palomino Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, quietly underwent an ownership change, and many improvements are planned at the historic Route 66 property in the coming months. The change in owners was announced in a Facebook post June 30 on…

New owner takes over Motel Safari in Tucumcari

New owner takes over Motel Safari in Tucumcari

Larry Smith, formerly of Knoxville, Tennessee, this week took over ownership of Motel Safari in Tucumcari, New Mexico. Motel Safari posted this Thursday on its Facebook page of now-former owners Richard and Gail Talley, right, doing the ceremonial turning over…

Rockabilly on the Route tickets giveaway

Rockabilly on the Route tickets giveaway

The fifth annual (and possibly last) Rockabilly on the Route in Tucumcari, New Mexico, will take place June 1-4, and we have six pairs of tickets to give away to see the live-music performers during the festival. To enter the giveaway,…

Rockabilly on the Route festival to take a hiatus in 2018

Rockabilly on the Route festival to take a hiatus in 2018

Organizers of Rockabilly on the Route in Tucumcari, New Mexico, will take an indefinite break from the music festival starting in 2018 to reassess its future — including the possibility of taking it on the road. Organizers on the Rockabilly on the…

Best Picture nominee was filmed in three Route 66 towns

Best Picture nominee was filmed in three Route 66 towns

  “Hell or High Water,” one of nine films nominated Tuesday for Best Picture in the Academy Awards, lists the New Mexico Route 66 towns of Tucumcari, Moriarty and Albuquerque as among the locations where the movie was shot. The…

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