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“History and change along the main drag” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Murals of Tucumcari

Murals of Tucumcari
Tucumcari, NM
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Ranked #3 of 17 Attractions in Tucumcari
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Albuquerque, Nm
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“History and change along the main drag”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

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!

Visited March 2014
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“a nostalgic attempt to preserve old Tucumcari”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

With Interstate 40 by-passing the main drag of Tucumcari this town has made a noble effort to capture a sense of history with the preservation of some of the motels, gasoline stations, along with added murals of Tucumcari iconography.

Visited March 2014
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“Murals around (almost) every corner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Stop by the Chamber of Commerce, or any business if you want a map of the murals in town. I've enjoyed coming upon them by chance. It's best if someone else is doing the driving, though!

Visited March 2014
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“More Than 30 Wall Murals in a Small New Mexico Town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Located along Route 66, Tucumcari used to offer more for tourists than it does now. While it is worth seeing the Dinosaur Museum and the Tucumcari Historical Museum, you don't want to miss the murals that keep showing up in town.

Painted on the sides of businesses, houses, and posts, these are very unique murals. While some play off the Route 66 theme, others reflect the history of the area, which mainly includes ranching.

Some of the murals are ultra-realistic, while others are more playful. Most can be found along the main street through Tucumcari (Route 237, Tucumcari Blvd), as well as on the north side of First Street. Many of them can be spotted fairly quickly, while others are on side streets, in parking lots, or located well off the main part of the road. Make sure you look down obscure streets, on the side walls of markets and businesses, and in parking lots. One is even tucked on a wall inside a campground and one by the door of a tattoo parlor.

Several restaurants and hotels have maps of where the murals can be found, but in reality, these only capture a small fraction of the murals you can actually see.

Visited January 2014
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“Very cool!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

These murals are very well done and can be found all over Tucumcari. They are of Route 66, trains, western scenes, etc. I would get a map of them at the visitors center.

Visited November 2013
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