Tucumcari Historical Museum

Tucumcari Historical Museum
416 South Adams
Tucumcari, NM 88401

Phone: 575-461-4201

Web siteTucumcari Historical Museum

Institution Type: Museum


Description: The Tucumcari Historical Museum possesses one large album of postcards, dating from the early 20th century to the present, of Tucumcari and New Mexico. Many of the postcards show scenes and views of Route 66, focusing on motels and other structures along the highway, which formed Tucumcari’s principal east-west street until the city was bypassed by Interstate 40. In addition, the museum holds a collection of some thirty black and white photographs, taken during the 1960s and early 1970s, showing diners, motels, and other buildings on Route 66 in Tucumcari before and after the I-40 by-pass. Also in the collection are assorted travel guides, maps, and brochures from the same period, containing references to and information about the highway. Finally, the museum houses a permanent exhibit on Route 66 that contains vintage road signs, murals, and photographs of motels, diners, and the highway itself.

Regions Covered: Route 66 in New Mexico

Type of Materials: Photographs, postcards, maps, guidebooks, artifacts, brochures

Time Periods: 20th century


Facility Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday 9am-3pm

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