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After 12 years of full-time rving, we've sold our truck and trailer but we're still traveling. Email us at wowpegasus@hotmail.com if you would like to contact us.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Tucumcari, NM Murals, Neon Lights and other sights.

There are many murals around the town of Tucumcari, NM.  We picked up a map that showed where most of them are but we found others that were not mentioned.  This old gas station was not on the map.

Several of the open businesses had neon lights so we went out after dark to see them.


The Blue Swallow is a functioning motel but several of the garages have old cars in them and all of the garages had murals painted inside. 

Some garages were two spaces wide.

Some of the murals are older and not as well maintained.
The Motel Safari was built in 1959 but this logo has been changed.

This logo is on the east side of the Motel Safari.  It must have been extremely hard to paint because some of the blocks are vertical and stick at least 4" out from the side of the building.  The upper part has lots of mortar sticking out between the bricks.

East side of the Lowe's grocery store.

This and some of the following photos are of the south side of Tucumcari Lumber.

Conchas Lake

Conchas Dam

Too bad most of this ranch scene had cars parked in front of it.
Corner of the ranch scene.

Front of the VFW.

Not a mural but the front of building with bas relief gourds and vines up each column.

This one is called "Blessed".   Probably our favorite due to the amount of detail on it. 

There's so much detail you can't see in these photos.  The scenes contained scorpions, badger, pronghorns, snakes and a herd of buffalo.

Take this scene.   Below is a closer shot of some of the scenery.

Chamber of Commerce building mural on this and next two photos.


James@WanderlustEstate said...

About where in relation to Santa Fe is this town? And what other art forms did you see there? I mean was this an artist town that had studios to pair with the murals or is it just a place that uses the murals to drive tourism?

2ontheroad said...

Tucumcari, NM is mostly east and a little south of Santa Fe, NM. This town is located on Route 66. We have been here many times but only stayed overnight before moving on to our winter job or when heading north. Stayed two nights to check the town out. Stay at Cactus RV Park. Cheap place using Passport America. Can walk around town from there. Went to a Route 66 museum that JoAnn hasn't posted photos of yet. Yes they mainly use the murals to bring in tourism.


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Sage said...

Full time RVers. I am so jealous! I loved the photos in your post, and I included a link to it in my recent post about the murals of Tucumcari. Here it is in case you want to take a look: https://shutterbugsage.com/2016/04/09/the-murals-of-tucumcari/. Looking at other posts about the murals, especially those with photos from a few year ago, it's easy to see the wear on the gorgeous art. Kinda sad!

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