By Bruce Nutt: QCS guest columnist
The Tucumcari Historical Museum building was erected in 1903, originally as the Central School building. It has served as home to many groups since then — city hospital, U.S. Army glider school, Corps of Engineers during the construction of Conchas Dam.
The last class at Central School was in 1965. The city, along with the Board of Education, came to agreement on the purchase of the land and building, the result being the Tucumcari Historical Museum, which opened in 1969.
Now after 36 continuous years, the museum is bigger and better than ever.
We are host to several civic organizations as well as many school classes.
Schools come from as far away as Roy, Mosquero and Adrian, Texas, annually.
The museum has been host to the Route 66 Festival, The Bread Lady Bakery and the State Archaeology Fair. We are now the proud host to the Quay County Heritage Dayze, which saw more than 2,000 visitors this year.
Being one of the most well-known museums in the state, that honor brings visitors from around the world. Part-time attendant Linda Moore and myself represent the city of Tucumcari in a fashion well received by visitors, and many choose to stay for more than one night in Tucumcari.
Our annual Christmas lighting of the museum has become very special to many. I cannot think of a more fitting way to thank the citizens of Tucumcari.
I feel. with the encouragement of the city, that the Tucumcari Historical Museum will be going strong for the next 100 years.
I would personally like to invite all area residents to visit your museum and especially those who have not taken the pleasure.
Bruce Nutt is the head attendant representing the Tucumcari Historical Museum. Contact him at: 461-4201.