Cactus Motor Lodge

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Cactus Motor Lodge
Historic neon sign for the lodge
Cactus Motor Lodge is located in New Mexico
Cactus Motor Lodge
Location 1316 E. Tucumcari Blvd., Tucumcari, New Mexico
Coordinates 35°10′24″N 103°42′37″W / 35.17333°N 103.71028°W / 35.17333; -103.71028Coordinates: 35°10′24″N 103°42′37″W / 35.17333°N 103.71028°W / 35.17333; -103.71028
Area 3 acres (1.2 ha)
Built 1941 (1941)
Architectural style Exotic Revival
Governing body Private
MPS Route 66 through New Mexico MPS
NRHP Reference # 06000154[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 21, 2006
Designated NMSRCP December 5, 2005[2]

The Cactus Motor Lodge, now known as the Cactus RV Park, is a motel located along historic U.S. Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico. I.E. and Edna Perry built the lodge in 1941. The motel included three wings of units forming a "U" shape and an office, the latter of which was a dance hall when the motel opened. In 1952, Norm Wegner purchased the motel; Wegner added an artificial stone exterior to the buildings and converted the dance hall to an office. After Route 66 was decommissioned, the motel lost much of its business, and by the 1990s it became an RV park; the motel units are currently unused. The motel's neon sign was restored in 2008.[3]

The motel was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 21, 2006.[1]

Postcard promoting the motor lodge

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "New Mexico's Rich Cultural Heritage: Listed State and National Register Properties". New Mexico Historic Preservation Division. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ "2008: Cactus Motel Neon Sign Restored". New Mexico Route 66 Association. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 

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