Tucumcari in Quay County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
A Route 66 Classic
Developer Chester Dohrer employed an architectural style known as 'Doo Wop' or 'Googie' to achieve a unique look that immediately set the Safari apart from the crowded Tucumcari marketplace. Eye-catching design elements include counter-stacked brickwork, oozing mortar, openings in the cinder block walls, and metal cylinders with perforated holes that light up at night. And of course, the towering sign is a beacon to travelers, with its fun geometric shapes and Clyde the Camel sitting high atop.
While briefly a Best Western affiliate in its earliest days, the property has always been known as the Motel Safari and was one of the most modern and popular motels of the period.
In 2008, the Safari began undergoing an extensive restoration and update, highlighting its marvelous mid-century modern features and reviving custom designed furniture from the motel's original build. Period murals were also added throughout the property to further enhance the retro appeal. At the same time, 21st century upgrades and amenities were integrated
Today, the Motel Safari continues to welcome travelers from across the country and around the world. Come enjoy one of the premiere vintage motels on America's Main Street!
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1959.
Location. 35° 10.299′ N, 103° 43.045′ W. Marker is in Tucumcari, New Mexico, in Quay County. Marker is at the intersection of East Route 66 Boulevard (Business Interstate 40) and South Dawson Street, on the right when traveling east on East Route 66 Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 722 E Rte 66 Blvd, Tucumcari NM 88401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blue Swallow Motel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Comanche Country (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Bascom (approx. 0.6 miles away); Tucumcari Mountain (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Tucumcari Mountain (approx. 1.3 miles away); Tucumcari (approx. 1.3 miles away); Yetta Kohn (1843 1917)Tucumcari Mountain (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tucumcari.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 138 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 12, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.