Book review: ‘Tucumcari Tonite!’

There's a moment early in David Stratton's new book, "Tucumcari Tonight" (Amazon link), that signals this isn't going to be a dull history tome. In the introduction, the author, who was 95 years old when the University of New Mexico Press published the book earlier this month, recalls his personal memories of the first owners … Continue reading Book review: ‘Tucumcari Tonite!’

New Mexico Route 66 Association gives Heritage Award to two Tucumcari businesses

The New Mexico Route 66 Association earlier this week presented its Heritage Award to Loretta's Burrito Hut and the Roadrunner Lodge Motel, both of the Tucumcari. Each winner gets a complimentary business membership to the association, a listing in the association's quarterly magazine and a metal Route 66 sign. New Mexico Route 66 Association President … Continue reading New Mexico Route 66 Association gives Heritage Award to two Tucumcari businesses

1939 newspaper article shows one big reason Tucumcari became a neon-sign haven

Tucumcari, New Mexico, never was a huge town. Its population never surpassed 9,000, according to the U.S. Census records. Regardless, Tucumcari during its heyday was home to dozens of neon signs, especially along its Route 66 corridor. Even now, about 25 neon signs still exist along the historic highway, in various states of repair. Several … Continue reading 1939 newspaper article shows one big reason Tucumcari became a neon-sign haven

“The Great Muslim American Road Trip” coming to PBS this summer

"The Great Muslim American Road Trip," a documentary series about a Muslim couple traveling Route 66, will air on PBS-TV later this summer. The three-part series will be offered on PBS stations, PBS.org and the PBS app, reported Realscreen.com. The series follows rapper Mona Haydar and her husband Sebastian Robins as they explore the U.S. … Continue reading “The Great Muslim American Road Trip” coming to PBS this summer

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