Tucumcari, New Mexico

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Tucumcari is a city in and the county seat of Quay County, New Mexico, United States.[1] The population was 5,989 at the 2000 census. Tucumcari was founded in 1901, two years before Quay County was founded.[2]



In 1901, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad built a construction camp in the western portion of modern-day Quay County. Owing to numerous gunfights, the camp became known as Six Shooter Siding. After it grew into a permanent settlement, it was renamed Tucumcari in 1908. The name was taken from Tucumcari Mountain, which is situated near the community.[3] It is home to the Mesalands Dinosaur Museum which opened in spring 2000.


Tucumcari is located at 35°10′10″N 103°43′32″W / 35.16944°N 103.72556°W / 35.16944; -103.72556 (35.169453, -103.725488).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.6 square miles (19.6 km²), of which, 7.5 square miles (19.5 km²) of it is land and 0.13% is water.

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