November 2012 - Tucumcari New Mexico.
I played around with the photo in Photoshop to give it an older feel.
It is so sad to see these images of small town America disappearing.
For many years, Tucumcari has been a popular stop for cross-country travelers on Interstate 40 (formerly U.S. Route 66 in the area). It is the largest city on the highway between Amarillo, Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In 1901, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad built a construction camp in the western portion of modern-day Quay County. Originally called Ragtown, the camp became known as Six Shooter Siding, due to numerous gunfights. Its first formal name, Douglas, was used only for a short time. After it grew into a permanent settlement, it was renamed Tucumcari in 1908. The name was taken from Tucumcari Mountain, which is situated near the community. Where the mountain got its name is uncertain. It may have come from the Comanche word "tukamukaru", which means to lie in wait for someone or something to approach. A 1777 burial record mentions a Comanche woman and her child captured in a battle at Cuchuncari, which is believed to be an early version of the name Tucumcari.
Here's a video of the area.
The Tucumcari Chamber of Commerce realized how many songs featured their town that they put together a CD. Who'd thought that many songs would be about this little town??
- Tucumcari Tonight
by Findlay/Garbo (ColinSphinctorBand.com) Preview Tucumcari Tonight
- Tucumcari Here I Come
by Dale Watson Preview Tucumcari Here I Come
- Two Gun Harry from Tucumcari
by Dorothy Shay Preview Two Gun Harry from Tucumcari
- Tucumcari Legend
by Cheryl Barns & The Teen Tones Preview Tucumcari Legend
- Tucumcari Tonite
by Road Crew 66 (RoadCrew66.com) Preview Tucumcari Tonite
by Jimmie Rodgers Preview Tucumcari
- Tucumcari Woman
by Dan Roberts (DanRobertsmusic.com) Preview Tucumcari Woman
- There’s Nothing to Eat in Tucumcari
by Andy Mason Preview There's Nothing to Eat in Tucumcari
- Ride to Tucumcari
by the Tarantulas Preview Ride to Tucumcari
- This Train Will Stop at Tucumcari
by David Rubin Preview This Train Will Stop at Tucumcari
by Jimmie Driftwood Preview Tucumcari
- West of Tucumcari
by Proverbial Cool Aid (proverbialcoolaid.com) Preview West of Tucumcari
by Randy Kaplan Durango with Brian Schey Preview Tucumcari
- Two Miles out of Tucumcari
by Michael Hearne (michaelhearne.com) Preview Two Miles out of Tucumcari