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Route 66 New Mexico

Welcome to Roadside Peek's Route 66 New Mexico. The photos on this page are placeholders as this New Mexico section, like those of the other states, will be broken out into sub-sections of the great state to allow for the photos coming soon.

 

Cafe
Endee, NM
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Leaving Glenrio, NM and heading west, the highway comes to the old town of Endee. Endee was originally founded in the late 1800's but is now home to a few old vacant buildings. 08-06

 

Tucumcari Tonite
Tucumcari, NM
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The old billboards off the highway advertising Tucumcari's thousands of rooms are part of Route 66 lore Though the number of rooms has dwindled over the years (this sign was found nearing Tucumcari), a trip through eastern New Mexico isn't the same without seeing the Tucumcari Tonite billboards. 08-06

 

 

Blue Swallow Motel
Tucumcari, NM
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The Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari is one of the most famous Route 66 landmarks. The Blue Swallow is most famous for its former owner Lillian Redman, who received this motel as an engagement gift back in 1958 and owned it for 40 years. The Blue Swallow was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. 08-06

 

 

Club Cafe (Gone)
Santa Rosa, NM
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Heading east from Tucumcari, you'll eventually come to the town of Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa was once home to the famous Club Cafe and its sourdough biscuits and gravy. Unfortunately, like many of the old road businesses that suffered when Route 66 was bypassed by the interstate, the Club Cafe is no more. 08-06

 

 

Clines Corners Travel Center
Clines Corners, NM
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Head down the southern segment of Route 66 west of Santa Rosa, and you'll see the red and yellow signs of the Clines Corner Travel Center. 08-06

 

 

Calumet Ghost Sign
Las Vegas, NM
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Taking the northern loop from Santa Rosa, you'll come across the town of Las Vegas, not to be confused with the sin city of Nevada. Las Vegas is home to a this old ghost sign known as the Calumet Ghost Sign. 08-06

 

 

Santa Fe Lodge
Santa Fe, NM
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West of Las Vegas is the historically famous town of Santa Fe. There are still some old roadside signs found along the Mother Road here like this one for the Santa Fe Motel. 08-06

 

 

Budville
Budville, NM
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Off of Route 66 heading west of Albuquerque is this old former gas station in Budville now called the Budville Trading Company. 08-06

 

 

 

Trade Winds Motor Hotel (Demolished)
Albuquerque, NM
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Travelers to Albuquerque for the first time will be amazed at the miles of old Route 66 signs and businesses along Central Avenue. Though some of the signs have disappeared or have been replaced over the years, such as this one for the Trade Winds Motor Hotel, there is still much to see here in Albuquerque. 08-06

 

UPDATE 05/09 : According to KOB.com, the Tradewinds Motel was demolished Friday May 29 after having been closed down by the Safe City Strike force due to illicit activity. The 1960's era motel that had been renamed the Economy Inn in recent years featured a towering marquee as well as a googie front to the motel. The Tradewinds look went visibly downhill during stops at the motel through the years. 05-09

 

 

Franciscan Lodge
Grants, NM
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Located between Albuquerque and Gallup, Grants is home to Route 66 businesses such as the Franciscan Lodge and its familiar neon sign. 08-06

 

 

Bluewater Inn
Bluewater, NM
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Along this dusty segment of Route 66 west of Grants is the Blue Water Inn and its dual marquees. 08-06

 

 

El Hopi Motel (Demolished)
Gallup, NM
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On the western end of New Mexico is the old railroad town of Gallup. Here's a shot of the El Hopi Motel that was unfortunately razed over in the past few years. 08-06

 

 

 

 

 

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