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Quay History & Culture

Quay County (pronounced “kway”) is a county located in Eastern New Mexico. Quay County was named for Pennsylvania senator Matthew Quay, who supported New Mexico statehood.

Tucumcari (pronounced TOO-kum-kair-ee), the Heart of the Mother Road and the Gateway City of Murals. Nestled on historic Route 66, Tucumcari has more than 1200 motel rooms. Two lakes within half-hour drives, a golf course, world-class Dinosaur Museum, and Historical Museum. Legendary Route 66 motels, National, State and Historic Scenic Byways make for fabulous photo opportunities. There are beautiful murals, grand mesas, gorgeous sunsets, and striking monuments, and so many special events throughout the year. Because Quay County is “The Gateway to New Mexico” for travelers on I-40 and US 54, and the intersection of State 209 and 104, it is enjoyable to stop a while and make it “Tucumcari Tonight, Tomorrow, for a Lifetime!”

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