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Quay County

Quay County is named for Matthew Stanley Quay, who was a United States Senator from Pennsylvania and who supported statehood for New Mexico.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – San Miguel CountyHarding County and Union County 

E – Hartley County, Texas, Oldham County, Texas and Deaf Smith County, Texas

S – Curry County,  Roosevelt County and De Baca County

W – De Baca County and Guadalupe County


Created:  January 28, 1903                    Map of New Mexico highlighting Quay County

County Seat:

Tucumcari  1903 – present


County Courthouse – Tucumcari  


Location:   300 South 3rd Street / High Street

Built:  1938 – 1939

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Townes and Funk of Amarillo

Contractor:  C S Lambie & Company.


Description: The building faces east and is a four story buff and brown colored brick , stone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Tucumcari. The east front of the building is faced with white colored stone and has a long vertical brick pilasters framing the vertical windows. The center section rises higher than the north and south wings which project from the main section. The roof line is flat. In the interior, there is a large mural above the entrance lobby. The stairs have metal railings. The County District Court courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 10th Judicial District.  The building was a Works Progress administration project.


See:  The architects, Townes and Funk of Amarillo also designed the courthouse in Colfax County Quay County and courthouses in Texas in Briscoe CountyCastro County, Childress County, Hansford County, Hutchinson CountyParmer County Potter County and Ward County.


See:  The contractor C S Lambie & Company constructed courthouses in Roosevelt County and Sierra County and in Texas in Childress County, Gregg CountyHutchinson CountyMoore CountyPotter County and Ward County.


See:  The 10th Judicial District includes De Baca County and Harding County.


History:  The county was created in 1903 and Tucumcari was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1908. The courthouse was demolished when the second and present courthouse was constructed in 1938 to 1939 at a cost of $218,118.



County Courthouse – Tucumcari 

























County District Court courtroom













Photos taken 2007 and 2019