February 1955

An empty, truck-mounted gasoline tank exploded in a lot on the west side of Sanitary Laundry and Dry Cleaners, and injured a workman and shattered windows in the laundry and the city power plant across the street. The blast ripped out one end of the tank as Bebe Carson, a welder for Franck Hicks, welded a pipe on the other end. … The Chamber of Commerce received a phone call from Brownwood, Texas which stated that the Gulf Oil Company would move approximately twelve families to Tucumcari before the end of Feb.