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Tucumcari is a city in and the county seat of Quay County, New Mexico, United States.[1] The population was 5,363 at the 2010 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. Originally called Ragtown, the camp became known as Six Shooter Siding, due to numerous gunfights. Its first formal name, Douglas, was used only for a short time.[3] 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.[4] Where the mountain got its name is uncertain. It may have come from the Comanche word "tukamukaru", which means to lie in wait for someone or something to approach. A 1777 burial record mentions a Comanche woman and her child captured in a battle at Cuchuncari, which is believed to be an early version of the name Tucumcari.[3]

In December 1951, a water storage tank collapsed in the city. Four were killed and numerous buildings were destroyed.

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