Tucumcari in Quay County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
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 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Bascom (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Yetta Kohn (1843 – 1917) (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Tucumcari Mountain (approx. 1.9 miles away); Tucumcari (approx. 1.9 miles away); a different marker also named Tucumcari (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Tucumcari Mountain (approx. 2.5 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Bascom (approx. 5.6 miles away); Black Jack Ketchum (approx. 13.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tucumcari.
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 . . .
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2. Blue Swallow.
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.
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)
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