Historic Rt. 66 Blue Swallow Motel by Gordon  Beck

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Built in 1939, the Blue Swallow is located in Tucumcari, New Mexico. It is a 12-unit L-shaped motel listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

I have always been fascinated with historic Rt. 66 images and finally got to see and photograph this beautiful little motel on a recent trip through the southwest. It reminds me of many such structures I saw growing up in the south in the 1950s and 60s. The Blue Swallow was named by Smithsonian Magazine as “the last, best and friendliest of the old-time motels”

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  • Gordon  Beck
    Gordon Beckabout 1 year ago

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 1 year ago

    what a find for you then Gordon…nice capture of this historic place..

  • Thanks, Linda. Many of these old Rt. 66 landmarks have fallen into disrepair or are gone but this one has survived. It’s on a portion of the old Rt. 66 that remains intact even though a major Interstate highway runs nearby, so travelers can still get to it pretty easily. Thanks for your comment and support:)

    – Gordon Beck

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 1 year ago

    hope it remains that way Gordon…intact and caught in time :)

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 1 year ago

  • Thank you so much for the feature, Marie…I greatly appreciate the support:)

    – Gordon Beck

  • flyrod
    flyrodabout 1 year ago

  • Awesome! Thanks, flyrod!

    – Gordon Beck

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