The Ranch House Cafe is one of the abandoned places along the stretch of Route 66 running through Tucumcari. It is often photographed by those traveling all or a portion of the 2,450 mile long historic route that spans eight states and three time zones.
From a population of 8,500 and 2,000 hotel rooms at its peak during the hey day of Route 66, today Tucumcari, New Mexico feels a bit like a ghost town that people still live in. Along the “Mother Road” that runs between Chicago and Los Angeles, abandoned icons, like the Apache Motel and the Westerner Drive-Inn, sit next to restored gems, like the Blue Swallow Motel and La Cita.
While I didn’t get to photograph it during my November 2013 drive through Tucumcari during a freak ice storm, I did get up with the sun to capture it last month.