Scenic USA - New Mexico
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|Photos by Ben Prepelka
As Interstate 40 cuts a direct line across a drab central Mexico, Exits 329 and 335 offer a colorful side trip to Old Route 66 and Tucumcari. The County Seat of Quay, Tucumcari found its prominence as a railroad camp in the late 1800s. Located near Tucumcari Mountain, the lively construction camp earned the nickname Six Shooter Siding. After the town was officially established in 1901, a much needed name change eventually followed. The unusual Indian name, Tucumcari, is believed to be part of an old Romeo and Juliet style myth.
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