The Tucumcari Murals were a welcome diversion for us as we were traveling along Interstate 40 between Albuquerque and Amarillo. Tucumcari is a small town whose heyday came and went with the mother road, Route 66. For those that have traveled through eastern New Mexico it can be hard to find things there to help break up the drive. Having made the drive a few times we have come to appreciate Tucumcari with is murals, dinosaur museum, and their Route 66 museum and monument.
Painted on a variety of buildings mostly located on Tucumcari Boulevard or the side streets near the post office and where the motels are located, the Tucumcari Murals range in subject from standard Route 66 fair to scenes of the open range. My 3-year-old had a blast looking for them as we drove down the road watching for a place to eat. We made a game of it and by the time we got down the road she was quite good at spotting them.
If you are somebody that is looking for the old Route 66 feel of a cross country drive, then the town of Tucumcari is a must stop. Hats off to the artist that made the Tucumcari Murals because they did a great job bringing to life the history of the town. We were sure glad they were up because the Murals added a nice touch to our drive through Tucumcari before we continued on our way.
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