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Abandoned Westerner Drive-Inn Along Route 66 in Tucumcari

Ranch House Cafe Along Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico

Tucumcari, New Mexico is often touted as having the best concentration of historic Route 66 buildings along the old highway including restored motels, service stations, and curio shops.  The average high temperature in Tucumcari, New Mexico in November is 63F.  When we drove through on our way to Phoenix, it was more than 30 degrees cooler than the norm, with falling snow and temperatures maxing out below freezing.  Trying to find the silver lining in the dark, snow-filled clouds, at least you don’t see too many photos along Route 66 in the snow, so mine should be pretty unique!

Below are three images from along Route 66 in Tucumcari.  What do you think?  Do you have a favorite below?

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Photo #1. The fully restored Blue Swallow Motel has 12 units, each with a sleeping area and covered garage (which must have been welcomed in the uncharacteristic snow).  The Motel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993 and is one of the most photographed sites along Route 66.

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Photo #2. Next door to the Blue Swallow Motel is a restored gas station from Route 66’s heyday.

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Photo #3.  La Cita was built in 1961 and became known for the gigantic sombrero over its entrance.  

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  1. Hard to choose, but I really like the second one with the contrasting colors and the great composition 🙂


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Shutterbug Sage began as a 365 photo project.


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