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Tucumcari in Quay County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Tucumcari Mountain
 
Tucumcari Mountain Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Stroud, June 1, 2003
1. Tucumcari Mountain Marker
 
Inscription. Tucumcari Mountain has long been a landmark for travelers along the Canadian River. Pedro Vial mentioned it in 1793,while opening a trail between Santa Fe and St Louis. In order to find the best route from Arkansas to California, Capt. Randolph B. Marcy led an expedition past here in 1849.
 
Location. 35° 10.74′ N, 103° 43.533′ W. Marker is in Tucumcari, New Mexico, in Quay County. Marker is on East Main St (U.S. 54), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tucumcari NM 88401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Fort Bascom (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line).
 
Regarding Tucumcari Mountain. Tucumcari Mountain is technically a mesa. A mesa (Spanish and Portuguese for “table”) is an elevated area of land with a flat top and sides that are usually steep cliffs. It takes its name from its characteristic table-top shape. It is a characteristic landform of arid environments, particularly the southwestern United States.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia says. (Submitted on December 26, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Blue Swallow. (Submitted on December 26, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
 
Tucumcari Mountain Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Stroud, June 1, 2003
2. Tucumcari Mountain
Location N 35° 08.487 W 103° 43.195
 

 
Additional comments.
1. Tucumcari In Popular Culture
Many of the scenes in the television show Rawhide (1959–1966) starring Clint Eastwood were shot in the Tucumcari area.

One of the killers in Truman Capote’s 1965 book In Cold Blood asks about the travelling distance to Tucumcari. This scene appears in the 1967 film version of the novel.

Tucumcari is where the main action of Sergio Leone’s 1965 film For a Few Dollars More, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Gian Maria Volonte, takes place.

The city is mentioned in the 1988 film Rainman by the character played by Tom Cruise. However, the location in the scene is clearly not Tucumcari.

In the 2005 episode “Bugs” of the television show Supernatural, the character played by Jensen Ackles states they will pass through Tucumcari on the way to Bisbee, Arizona.
    — Submitted December 26, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

2. Tucumcari is mentioned in several songs, including:
“(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” written by Bobby Troup in 1946 • “Tucumcari” recorded by Jimmie Rodgers in 1959 • “Willin’ ” recorded by Little Feat on Little Feat (1971) • “Tucumcari” sung by Freedy Johnston on The Trouble Tree (1990) • “Coyote” recorded by Better Than Ezra on Deluxe (1993) • “Last Hobo” recorded by John Denver on All Aboard! (1997) • “Tucumcari Here I Come” recorded by Dale Watson on More Songs Of Route 66 (2001)
 
Welcome Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Stroud, June 1, 2003
3. Welcome
 
    — Submitted December 26, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
 
Historic Route 66 Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Stroud, June 1, 2003
4. Historic Route 66
For many years, Tucumcari has been a popular stop for cross-country travelers on Interstate 40 (former U.S. Route 66). It is the largest city on the highway between Amarillo, Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Billboards reading "TUCUMCARI TONITE!" placed along I-40 for many miles to the east and west of the town invite motorists to stay the night in one of Tucumcari's "2000" (later changed to "1200") motel rooms.
 
 
Route 66 Monument is located in Tucumcari Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Stroud, June 162003
5. Route 66 Monument is located in Tucumcari
A scene in the 1971 movie Two-Lane Blacktop, starring James Taylor, Dennis Wilson, and Warren Oates, was filmed at a gasoline service station on U.S. Highway 54 just northeast of Tucumcari. Tucumcari Mountain is clearly visible at the beginning of this scene.
 
 
Blue Swallow Motel Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Stroud, June 1, 2003
6. Blue Swallow Motel
One of the Most Famous and Popular Motels on all of Route 66
 
 
Tucumcari Mountain Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Stroud, June 1, 2003
7. Tucumcari Mountain Marker
 
 
Tucumcari Tonight Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Stroud, June 1, 2003
8. Tucumcari Tonight
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on December 26, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,984 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on December 26, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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