Horses ride again at local lounge

William Thompson Around 50 locals and tourists watched horses ride through the interior of Trails West Lounge on East Tucumcari Boulevard Thursday evening as part of the kickoff of the Route 66 Festival this weekend. The third annual ‘Trail Ride’ Thursday evening was part of an attempt to revive an old New Mexico tradition in [...]

Festival features variety of fun

Johnnie Meier On Thursday July 8th, the Tucumcari Route 66 Festival will kick-off with a unique Tucumcari event, the Second Annual Trail Ride Through the Trails West Lounge. That evening, around 7:30 PM, riders on horseback will ride their horses into the Trails West Lounge. Each will ride up to the bar, and order a [...]

Documentary to get showing in city

The new PBS documentary, “The Neon Road in New Mexico”, will be shown on the big screen of the Thunderbird Theater at 2:00 PM Saturday at the Tucumcari Route 66 Festival, in the Convention Center. “This will be a rare opportunity to view the film on a large screen, (the 10 by 14 foot Thunderbird [...]

Wang Dang Doodle ready

William Thompson The Route 66 Festival’s “Wang Dang Doodle Parade” is set for Saturday, July 10. According to Virginia Wright, Director of the Tucumcari Chamber of Commerce, the unique feature of the parade is that anyone can participate. “There is no pre-registration and no entry fee for those wishing to be a part of the [...]

Route 66 Festival to feature dinner show

William Thompson The Tucumcari Chamber of Commerce and the New Mexico Route 66 Association are bringing a nationally known comic, Ruby Ann Boxcar, to Tucumcari for the Route 66 Festival. The event’s dinner show is set for 7 p.m. July 9 in the Tucumcari Convention Center Ballroom. Boxcar, a male, portrays a female in his [...]

Man walking to Canada

William Thompson Gus Foster, 62, arrived in Tucumcari Thursday after walking from Ciudad Juarez, just across the international border with Mexico. Foster is on his way to Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario, Canada. “I deliberately chose the most diagonal route from the Texas-Mexico border to Canada,” said Foster. “I’m originally from Wisconsin, so I thought [...]

East Coast class on Route 66 arrives in city

TV Hagenah Often people come through Tucumcari because of an interest in Route 66, but 13 university students and two professors came to Tucumcari because of a class being offered by the two instructors in Connecticut on the “Mother Road”. It is the second year that the two Central Connecticut State University instructors have offered [...]

Bridge work about to start on Route 66

TV Hagenah On a lonely stretch of old Route 66 between San Jon and Tucumcari nearly 80 people gathered Tuesday morning to take part in a ceremony that would serve as the first step to put the road back into use. Tuesday had been set aside by state officials as the official ground breaking for [...]

Work begins on bridge

TV Hagenah Tuesday, April 20 will see work officially beginning at the Revuelto Creek Bridge on Old Route 66 between Tucumcari and San Jon. According to New Mexico Department of Transportation Spokesperson Christina Romero, April 20 at 10 a.m. will be the day and time for the official ground-breaking ceremony which will inaugurate the beginning [...]

State closes Route 66 bridge

Dave Gragg Travelers looking to get their kicks will have to take a detour off old Route 66 for the immediate future. On Friday, the state Department of Transportation closed one of the road’s bridges over the Revuelto Creek between Tucumcari and San Jon, because it was unsafe to travel over. Signs detour motorists onto [...]