A nine hour drive west of Kansas City is Tucumcari, New Mexico. It’s about the only town between Amarillo, Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and it is just the right distance for us to spend the night. From the beginning of Route 66, the “Mother Road” from Chicago to Los Angeles, Tucumcari was promoted as a stopping point for the night. Like many of the towns that were forgotten when Route 66 was replaced by I-40, Tucumcari has its fair share of abandoned buildings in various states of decay, but it also has some pretty amazing murals thanks to former Tucumcari resident, Doug Quarles.
In the 10 years that Doug and his wife, Sharon, lived in Tucumcari, he painted 40 murals to help revitalize the town. The Tucumcari Chamber of Commerce publishes this map listing about ten murals, but if you look hard — down side streets, in parking lots, and even some businesses — you’ll find many more.
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- Route 66 Mural Project
- I Love Tucumcari, New Mexico by 22 West Photography
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- The Murals of Tucumcari (NM) by the band Nights on Venus (which is a totally awesome name!!!)
- Tucumcari Murals by Plain Adventure (also an awesome name!!!)
- Tucumcari, NM Murals, Neon Lights, and Other Sights by 2 on the Road
- More Murals from Tucumcari, NM by The Golden Years
- One Thing, Three Ways: Murals of Tucumcari