I've lived in New Mexico for 14 years and had never been to Tucumcari prior to this. It's a bittersweet town. It's easy to see the appeal it once held for travelers along Route 66. But time and progress have left this small town behind. I will spare you my philosophical ramblings about the decline of small town America, and get on with the murals. I had printed a map of them prior to our trip, but there were many that weren't on the map as well, so just drive around and keep an eye out.
The themes of the murals vary, from historical aspects of the city to the more prosperous days in the height of Route 66. The one on the side of the store at 2nd Street is so detailed it's difficult to take it all in. Get out and look at them up close. They are worth a visit.
And have a meal in Tucumcari while you're there. That little town could use the boost. And come back and stay for the Rockabilly on the Route festival in June!
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