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Blue Swallow Motel
815 E. Route 66 Boulevard Tucumcari, NM 88401

W.A. Huggins built the The Blue Swallow Court in 1939,opening around 1941. Pink stucco walls are decorated with shell designs and a stepped parapet,the façade reflects a modest use of the Southwest Vernacular style architecture. Ted Jones, a prominent eastern New Mexico rancher, was the first long-term owner/operator, along with wife, Marjie. Lillian Redman and husband Floyd bought the Blue Swallow in 1958. Ms. Redman and her Blue Swallow became icons of Route 66. She described the special and close connection she had with the Route 66 motorists who came in each night this way: “I end up traveling the highway in my heart with whoever stops here for the night.” After nearly 40 years, Ms. Redman sold in 1998. Extensive restoration work was performed by Dale and Hilda Bakke, modernizing electrical systems and repairing neon, installing 1939 vintage rotary phones and cable TV in each room, retaining all of the historic character and charm of the Blue Swallow. The 12 rooms include singles,doubles and two 2-room suites. The lobby has a giftshop so you can shop for a special souvenir. Motor-Court garages are still located between the rooms. Super-comfy beds,spa-like towels,organic amenities,and unique period decor combine to make a night at the Blue Swallow like a trip back in time. The neon display is not to be missed! Today, Kevin & Nancy Mueller are proud to continue to restore and maintain the Blue Swallow,preserving the building and tradition of hospitality for future generations to enjoy.

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