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Tucumcari

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Tucumcari is a city in and the county seat of Quay County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 5,363 at the 2010 census. Tucumcari was founded in 1901, two years before Quay County was founded.HistoryIn 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. 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. 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.In December 1951, a water storage tank collapsed in the city. Four were killed and numerous buildings were destroyed.GeographyTucumcari is located at . According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.6km2, of which, 19.5km2 of it is land and 0.13% is water.ClimateTucumcari has a semiarid climate characterized by cool winters and very warm summers. Rainfall is relatively low except during the summer months, when thunderstorms associated with the North American monsoon can bring locally heavy downpours. Snowfall is generally very light. Due to the frequency of low humidity, wide daily temperature ranges are common.
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