Monday, May 9, 2016

Tuesday Treasures

 Tom hosts Tuesday's Treasures.


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??

  1. Tucumcari Tonight
    by Findlay/Garbo (ColinSphinctorBand.comPreview Tucumcari Tonight
  2. Tucumcari Here I Come
    by Dale Watson Preview Tucumcari Here I Come
  3. Two Gun Harry from Tucumcari
    by Dorothy Shay Preview Two Gun Harry from Tucumcari
  4. Tucumcari Legend
    by Cheryl Barns & The Teen Tones Preview Tucumcari Legend
  5. Tucumcari Tonite
    by Road Crew 66 (RoadCrew66.comPreview Tucumcari Tonite
  6. Tucumcari
    by Jimmie Rodgers Preview Tucumcari
  7. Tucumcari Woman
    by Dan Roberts (DanRobertsmusic.comPreview Tucumcari Woman
  8. There’s Nothing to Eat in Tucumcari
    by Andy Mason Preview There's Nothing to Eat in Tucumcari
  9. Ride to Tucumcari
    by the Tarantulas Preview Ride to Tucumcari
  10. This Train Will Stop at Tucumcari
    by David Rubin Preview This Train Will Stop at Tucumcari
  11. Tucumcari
    by Jimmie Driftwood Preview Tucumcari
  12. West of Tucumcari
    by Proverbial Cool Aid (proverbialcoolaid.comPreview West of Tucumcari
  13. Tucumcari
    by Randy Kaplan Durango with Brian Schey Preview Tucumcari
  14. Two Miles out of Tucumcari
    by Michael Hearne (michaelhearne.comPreview Two Miles out of Tucumcari

8 comments:

  1. Wow! Fascinating post and great pic and video ~

    Carol of (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  2. Great image! I really love the effect you created - perfect for the scene.

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  3. Your thumbnail image drew me here -just knew Route 66 would be mentioned. :)
    Your image goes perfectly with Madge's.
    The saddest part for me - I missed the experience. It seems like it would have been so much fun.
    Great shot and I like your edit!

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  4. I'd love to explore Route 66 some day.. sadly all the sights and lore from the old days is probably about gone, like this cafe sign you found... Thank you for joining in 'Rurality Blog Hop #2' Hope to see you next Wednesday for #3...

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  5. Jackie, I love your image! So much is being lost with our rush to modernize our surroundings. Thanks for sharing this glimpse of the past. I hope that you stop back soon.

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  6. Great post. It is sad to see so many small town diminishing---same thing up here.
    MB

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  7. love the photo....the whole area there looks deserted...sad

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  8. Interesting history. It is sad when places fade away. Lovely photo.

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