Apache Motel in Tucumcari won’t reopen anytime soon; property put on the market

The Apache Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, which had been scheduled to reopen this year, will remain closed indefinitely after the operator apparently put the property up for sale. Here's the gist I wrote for the Quay County Sun: The Quay County Sun obtained a June email from operator Wade Dirr sent that stated the … Continue reading Apache Motel in Tucumcari won’t reopen anytime soon; property put on the market

Roadrunner Lodge Motel owner begins restoration on La Plaza Court in Tucumcari

The owner of the Roadrunner Lodger Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, this week began a project he's been wanting to do for seven years -- restore the neighboring and long-closed La Plaza Court. According to a story I wrote for the Quay County Sun, David Brenner and his now-former wife brought the Route 66 property … Continue reading Roadrunner Lodge Motel owner begins restoration on La Plaza Court in Tucumcari

Del’s Restaurant in Tucumcari undergoes first ownership change in quarter-century

Del's Restaurant, which has served locals and travelers along Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico, for more than 60 years, underwent an ownership change last week. Chase Waters, a Tucumcari native who first worked at Del's as a 15-year-old, on Wednesday took over the restaurant from sisters Yvonne Braziel and Yvette Peacock, who had run … Continue reading Del’s Restaurant in Tucumcari undergoes first ownership change in quarter-century

Owner of Roadrunner Lodge Motel in Tucumcari featured in Genuine Route 66 Life video

David Brenner, owner of the Roadrunner Lodge Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, is featured in the latest video of KC Keefer's Genuine Route 66 Life video series. https://youtu.be/LGUF-wMnJkY The video end a nearly two-year hiatus from the video channel, which you can follow here. The Brenners, who hailed from Dallas, purchased the closed property in … Continue reading Owner of Roadrunner Lodge Motel in Tucumcari featured in Genuine Route 66 Life video

Forthcoming “Bands of Enchantment” TV music show filming in Tucumcari

In the past week and a half, a film crew has been shooting performances by all sorts of music artists at various locations in Tucumcari, New Mexico, for a forthcoming "Bands of Enchantment" series on television. Elkhorn Entertainment, which is producing the series with the help of the city's motel tax funds, envisions the show … Continue reading Forthcoming “Bands of Enchantment” TV music show filming in Tucumcari

Apache Motel in Tucumcari slated to reopen in mid-March

The operator of the long-closed Apache Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, anticipates he'll reopen the Route 66 business to overnight travelers by early spring. I wrote a story in the Quay County Sun in Tucumcari: Wade Dirr said in a telephone interview that electricians and plumbers were working on getting the lobby at least eight … Continue reading Apache Motel in Tucumcari slated to reopen in mid-March

Teardown begins of Cactus Motor Lodge in Tucumcari

Workers on Tuesday began tearing down the long-closed Cactus Motor Lodge, aka Cactus RV Park, in Tucumcari, New Mexico, to make way for an auto parts store. O'Reilly Auto Parts, based in Springfield, Missouri, plans to build a store there later this year. O'Reilly purchased the property in late 2018 but was delayed in developing … Continue reading Teardown begins of Cactus Motor Lodge in Tucumcari

Motel Safari in Tucumcari to receive New Mexico Route 66 Association Heritage Award

Motel Safari in Tucumcari, New Mexico, later today will receive the 2020 New Mexico Route 66 Association Heritage Award because of its historic-friendly preservation. The association stated in a news release Wednesday the award comes "in recognition of numerous renovations to the Classic Googie Style Motel, a New Mexico Route 66 landmark." The award ceremony … Continue reading Motel Safari in Tucumcari to receive New Mexico Route 66 Association Heritage Award

Tucumcari group raising money to buy a vintage neon motel sign

A group based in Tucumcari, New Mexico, is raising money to buy a neon sign listed on eBay that once graced a closed motel in the city. The sign once hung on the large, ornamental stone chimney of the Trav-O-Tel Motel along U.S. 54 in Tucumcari, less than a mile north of Route 66.One can … Continue reading Tucumcari group raising money to buy a vintage neon motel sign

Blue Swallow Motel announces its new owners

Kevin and Nancy Mueller of the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, announced Friday the new owners of the historic Route 66 motel are Robert and Dawn Federico of Crystal Lake, Illinois. The Federicos are embarking on a Route 66 trip to introduce themselves to various people along the road before they take possession … Continue reading Blue Swallow Motel announces its new owners