Thursday, October 4, 2018
Along 66, August 2018: Blue Swallow Motel For Sale
AUGUST 28 The Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, is up for sale. Kevin and Nancy Mueller have had it fir eight years and are of the opinion it is now time to pass the torch. They said they will continue operations as usual until it is sold.
They listed it at $1.2 million. If I recall, when they bought it the price was around $150,000.
The motel was built in 1939 by W.A. Huggins. It is one of the best-preserved motor courts in Route 66 with original attached garages, stucco walls and that 1950s eye-catcher of a neon sign. It was put on the NRHP in 1993.
Lillian Redman owned it for more than forty years and her kindness to travelers was legendary. Dale and Hilda Bakke bought it in the late 1990s.
We were fortunate enough to stay there one night; a real experience. When it was last for sale I even thought about buying it but then decided it would be too much work.