Jan 082011

A beautification project started last fall by the Tucumcari Chamber of Commerce and MainStreet organization made some progress before a winter hiatus, chamber of commerce director Bob Beaulieu said.

Beaulieu said work on the gas stations has stopped until warmer temperatures permit painting.

Before colder conditions prevailed, Doug and Sharon Quarles and a group of city volunteers laid the groundwork for the redecoration of three now-defunct Route 66 gas stations: The Texaco station across the street from Del’s Restaurant, the Continental Gas Company (later Conoco) station near Auto Pros, and the Whiting Brothers’ gas station located next to the chamber of commerce.

Beaulieu said work on these gas stations and others will continue as soon as temperatures exceed 55 degrees. He said he hopes to see the project completed and attracting tourists by the end of this summer.

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