I thought you might this of interest.
It is a bit of shameless self promotion as well as a plug for my adopted home town, Kingman, Arizona. It also hints at my vision for Route 66.
Each and every individual associated with Route 66, for fun or profit, needs to see the entire highway as a community. That was my idea behind offering to distribute promotional material or display flyers for any place along Route 66 through my office. It seems to be the idea behind Jim Conkle’s vision for the Route 66 Pulse.
I figured it would be good for business, good for Kingman, and greatly expand on the promotion of struggling mom and pop shops all along the highway. If folks along the road reciprocated Kingman and travelers win.
Now a visitor to Afton Station in Oklahoma headed west can do more than plan an overnight stay in Kingman. He can see that by adjusting his schedule from a Friday night stop to a Saturday night layover there is the Chillin‘ on Beale Street event to enhance his trip.
Then, while in Kingman, he can stop by the office and I can supply material encouraging a stop or two in Barstow. Adding this promotion to my blog, website, and the forthcoming Route 66 Association of Kingman site, offers additional exposure to places and event on the highway as well as helps folks plan their Route 66 adventure for maximum enjoyment.
So, anyone out there have brochures or flyers they want me to post or distribute? Anyone out there want to post flyers for events happening in Kingman?
If nothing else drop a note and let know what you think.


At some point, at least in my way of thinking, the scales will tip in my favor. With enough promotion of my work, enough freebies for good causes, and enough effort to promote name recognition I should receive more assignments.
Well, the plan seems to be working, at least in regards to having plenty of work. I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that writing for a living is a sure death but a much slower one than starvation.
I now have the material needed to write the Checker obituary for Cars & Parts magazine, a paying assignment. The monthly feature for the Kingman Daily Miner will be finished this evening. This non paying assignment is for their on line edition and as part of the agreement the by line will feature a plug for this blog as well as books written.
The website for the Route 66 Association of Kingman is nearing launch date. I have written a great deal of text and supplied a number of photos for the site and am quite excited to see what fruit will come from the work. This is another non paying assignment but it is for a very good cause and I honestly feel that it is for reasons such as this that God blessed me with certain skills and talents.
With Jim Conkle at helm the Route 66 Pulse has roared back to life. I will be supplying material, including coverage of this Saturday evenings Chillin’ on Beale Street, that pertains to the Kingman area with my first deadline being August 1. See above.
For True West magazine I pen a very small ghost town sidebar. This was to be a feature but editorial constraints imposed as a result of the current economic situation negated that.
So, I write it as a way to promote work published, the forthcoming book on ghost towns, and to help a fellow Kingmanite, Bob Bell.
Besides, I am an optimistic and curious fellow by nature. I am optimistic this will turn into a paying column and I am curious as to what doors this will open. Perhaps I just don’t have enough sense to know that being happy about this wild adventure is an incorrect response.
That is the background. Here is how the whole sordid mess played out this past weekend and what awaits in the near future.
After a morning at the office and the interview with the Kingman Daily Miner on Saturday, I worked on writing captions for Ghost Towns of the Southwest until seven. Then I watched a strange movie (Bring Out Your Dead) with my dearest friend.
Sunday morning I read my Bible, prayed for friends, answered email correspondence, dug Barney the wonder truck out of moth balls and hauled some bedroom furniture, worked on the captions, posted on the blog, and read a few more chapters from a new book about the collapse of the banking industry in Detroit during the 1930s and the rise of the New Deal. In between I had two wonderful meals with my dearest friend and basked in the cool air that swept through our home courtesy of the Jon G. Robinson memorial cooler.
Several years ago we were having a very bad run with crisis piling on crisis when the swamp cooler died. I am still mad about that as it was only 25 years old.
My friend, Jon, was having an even worse time of it as he struggled through a heaping pile of family tragedy. Still, in spite of it all, in an act of friendship that still overwhelms me he insisted on buying us a new cooler. Hence the Jon G. Robinson memorial cooler.
Monday, I wrote the rough draft for the Kingman Daily Miner feature, answered more correspondence, and worked on arrangements to attend the Adventure Expo in Chicago this coming January. Even birds and Canadians go south for the winter.
I suppose there are folks out there who question my sanity. After all I live in Arizona on purpose and gleefully await the first one hundred degree day every year.
Monday afternoon I took care of a few things at my mothers house and then met with Jim Conkle, the Route 66 Pulse, and Chris Durkin from the Route 66 Association of Kingman as well as the Kingman Downtown Merchants Association. We hashed out some pretty solid deals that will help our efforts in Kingman as well as the Route 66 Pulse.
I learned a long time ago that if you take life to seriously your time here on planet earth will be a long and bitter ride. The bottom line is have a sense of humor.
I am pleased to say that Mr. D’z was quite busy when we arrived for our meeting. As a result we were shuffled out to the far end which was the garage when this was the Kimo Cafe and Shell station.
Outside it was well over one hundred degrees. In that back room with just fans to pull the cool air from the restaurant the temperature wasn’t much better than if we were sitting under a cottonwood tree along a sand wash.
About midway through our meeting a cook came in and began rolling out dough for pizzas. It was at that point I noticed two giant pizza ovens just behind our table.
You guessed it, he began baking pizzas! Well, it was a novel concept. A sauna in an historic Route 66 eatery that serves great root beer floats and very good coffee.
Life is truly a grand adventure. The challenge is to see opportunity in failure, hope in a hopeless situation, and a way to laugh rather than become bitter.
The greatest challenge is to learn to relax and enjoy the ride. After all, none of us are getting out of this alive.



Ghost towns. If this weekend were to have a theme it would be ghost towns.
The final edit for Ghost Towns of the Southwest is finished. Now its on to the captions and the selection of the cover photo or photos. These are a few that I thought would work well. What is your opinion?

The ghost town theme continues with the writing of an obituary for Checker, the iconic taxi manufacturing company, that will be published in Cars & Parts magazine. The factory and its subsidiary complexes closed July 1 and a large percentage of the machinery as well as related components are on their way to the new owners in Canada.

If time allows I can continue the theme of abandonment by penning a story on the demise of the American auto industry as a special, multi part feature for the on line edition of the Kingman Daily Miner. This will be a difficult story to write as I feel like an old friend has died.

The ghost town theme continued with the marketing of the two new print series. This photo of a cabin in Chloride is the first in the ghost town series. It is 11 x 14 but is matted to 16 x 20.
These as well as the icons of Route 66 series will be limited to production runs of 100 each. As an introduction to the series the cost for a signed and numbered print will be $110. Ten percent of the sale price will be donated to the Route 66 Association of Kingman for the “Light the Night on Route 66” initiative to restore the glow of vintage neon to the historic district along the old double six.
To brighten the mood a bit I moved from the topic of ghost towns and granted an in depth interview to the Kingman Daily Miner this afternoon with the focus being my optimism for Kingman becoming a vacation destination. Of course a topic of this nature would have to include Route 66 as it is the catalyst for this transformation.
I also noted that efforts to develop Kingman as a destination will have a positive effect on making the community a better place to live. In short I noted my preference is Kingman as it was forty years ago but since that isn’t going to happen we move on to plan “B” which is do everything possible to ensure it remains a very livable place.
Old trucks, old Kingman, ghost towns, and Route 66 are all a large part of my life. Still, I fully realize you can not live in the past. To be honest, I wouldn’t want to.
This is the best of both worlds. We can enjoy the things of the past and the creature comforts of the modern era.
In regards to Kingman my thinking is you can’t live in the past but you can use it as a foundation for building a great future. Part two of this philosophy, suitable for a number of life applications, is you can bemoan missed opportunity and miss new opportunities while whining or you can learn from the mistakes of the past to avoid making them again.
Monday, part two of my official day off will be a busy but enjoyable one. First, there are the writing projects and repair of mother’s vacuum cleaner.
Then there is a meeting with Jim Conkle to finalize book signing arrangements in Flagstaff during the Will Rogers/Route 66 event in September. I will also be finalizing editorial requirements and deadlines for submissions to the Route 66 Pulse.
Next is another meeting, this one with Scott Dunton. The goal here is to relight a vintage neon clock over the old taxi stand and refurbishment and expansion of the Harley Davidson themed mural and exhibit downtown on Route 66. Iconic motorcycles and an iconic highway, a perfect combination.
Then there is a little planning work for the Chillin’ on Beale Street scheduled for next Saturday evening. The July even will better than the first as we have worked out a few bugs and the August edition will be really something, especially if plans jell.
Last but definitely not least, will be an afternoon late lunch or early dinner date with my dearest friend. The Vestar people were so happy with the photos submitted for their website they are buying us dinner as a bonus.
It looks as though the ghost town trail will a lengthy one. Ghost Towns of the Southwest will need to be promoted soon, Ghost Towns of Route 66 is on the drawing board, and there is still a trip to Crown King on the old Senator Highway that needs to be taken.


July 18, “Chillin’ on Beale Street” Kingman, 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Classic Cars, DJ Don West, games, food, prizes, Brought to you by:
The Route 66 Cruizers Classic Car Club, AZ Car Nutz, The Downtown Merchants Association and The Kingman Route 66 Association
INFO:Tim McDonnell

July 19, AZ Car Nutz July Breakfast Brunch, Hualapai Mountain
Lodge, Meet & leave at 11am from Mission Bank on Hualapai Mt. Rd.
Cruise up to the Lodge. Eat at 11:30am Cost $12.00 per person
includes tax, beverage & tip.

July, 25, 1:00pm-5:00pm, K.B.’S Automotive “Grand Opening”
Same Great Service & Location, New Building, Free Hot Dogs and soda, Raffle Prizes, Come Join Us for this Special Day!!!!
K.B.’S Automotive 4355 Bank St. Unit “G” Kingman
INFO:Ken 928-757-0003

July 25, Findlay Auto Center and Route 66 Cruizers Car Club present the Classic & Hot Rod Car Show along with several special interest NEW cars on display, Entry is FREE. There will be raffles, 50/50, pizza & soda for purchase, Karaoke contest, DJ Don West,all proceeds go to the “Chat n Chow” Program at the Kingman Senior Center
INFO: Cliff Finlay Auto Center 928-757-4041

August 14-15 Williams Twisters 13th Annual Cool Country Cruise
417 E. Route 66, $40.00 entry includes t-shirt, poker run, trophies, music.

August 22, “Chillin’ on Beale Street” Kingman 5:30pm – 10:00pm
In cooperation of Route 66 Cruizers, AZ Car Nutz, Kingman Route
66 Association and the Downtown Merchants Association, bring music by DJ Don West, games, prizes, vendors, shop will remain open late.

August 29, Last Saturday of the Month Classic Car & Hot Rod Car Show, at Findlay Auto Center in cooperation with the Route 66 Cruizers Car Club, D.J. Don West, raffles, 50/50, pizza & soda for purchase, All proceeds go to a local charity.
INFO: Findlay Auto Center 928-757-4041

Aug. 31 AZ-NM Corvette Caravan, leaves Phoenix on Aug 31 to
travel to Bowling Green, KY, for the 15th Anniversary of the National Corvette Museum
INFO:Bob 623-975-7314 or 623-640-3567

Set. 12, 15th Annual Flagstaff Route 66 Days Charity Event &
International Route 66 Festival, open to all years, sold out last
year in June. $35 pre-reg before Aug 1 after $40.
INFO:John Fajardo 928-451-1204 or Bob Bortree 928-779-0898 or

Sept. 14-18 43rd Annual North American Ultra Van Rally, Santa Fe,
New Mexico at Santa Fe Skies RV Park
INFO:Jim & Roy Davis, Hosts, 270-435-4572

Sept. 18, (Friday) “Chillin on Beale Street” Downtown Block
Party, D.J. Don West, games, prizes, shops & resturants will
be open late. Brought to you by Route 66 Cruizers, AZ Car Nuts,
Kingman Route 66 Association & Kingman Downtown Merchants.
INFO:Tim McDonnel

Sept. 19 Cruizn for Jesus Car Show
Details to come

Sept. 19-20 Kingman Street Drags or

Sept. 24-25-26-27 River Cruizers Rodding on the River, Riverside
Resort, Laughlin, NV. Special Hotel Rates Entry fee $40.00

Sept. 25-27, Super Run 2009 Car Show on Water Street, downtown Henderson

Sept. 26, Lake Havasu Swap Meet is back at London Bridge Plaza
8am-4pm $15 per space. Auto dealers NOT permitted to sell.
INFO:Al Delapena 928-854-2733

Oct. 3 8th Annual Fall Car Show presented by the Outsidrs Car Club
& Full Moon Saloon (7000 Hwy 179) entry $20 before 9/1/09 and
$25 after 9/1, includes dash plaque & t-shirt, check-in 9am
Show 10am-3pm open to 1978 & older vehicles, live music, 50/50,
raffles, food
INFO:Michael 928-300-5809

OCT. 10, 15TH Annual Fly-In and Classic Car Show
Wickenburg Airport,

Oct 24, 11th Annual Vette Fest presented by Sun Country Corvette
Club (9155 W. Bell Rd.), entry $25.00 Corvette show-reg 8am, show 10am-2pm, food raffles, vendors, trophies, 50/50
INFO:Gary 623-582-5032

Oct. 24 3rd Annual Welding Expo & Car Show presented by Mohave College and Praxair, Neal Campus-Kingman 1971 Jagerson Ave. 9am-4pm Welding Seminars and Vendors will be available. For the first time this show will be on a Saturday.
INFO:866-664-2832 ext. 1164

Oct 21-25 Relics & Rods 32nd Annual Run to the Sun, Vehicle years
1972 and older, all makes and models
INFO:Dick Stiller 928-855-0933

Oct 31 Route 66 Cruizers Annual Halloween Bash
Details to follow

Dec. 6. Cops Who Care Annual Car Show & Chili Cookoff
160 N. Valentine St. Wickenburg, Community Center
INFO:928-684-5451 X 514

Pauline Rowe


I have been gathering material for a feature article profiling Jackson, Michigan. Apparently, for a brief period between 1905 and 1915, Jackson gave Detroit a run for the title of Motor City as more than twenty automobile manufacturers were based here during this period.
A few of these, such as Buick, relocated but others merged and survived into the 1920s. Other companies abandoned automobile manufacturing to diversify into electronics or the manufacture of automotive related components.
An assignment from Cars & Parts magazine to write the obituary for the Checker company is on the “to do” list for this weekend. The iconic manufacturer of taxis and other vehicles closed its doors on July 1 after more than 85 years of operation.
This will be in addition to my regular Independent Thinker feature. For the next installment in this saga I decided to profile Roy D. Chapin, one of the founders of Hudson who served on the board of directors for the Guardian Group, a complicated investment vehicle that was the catalyst for the banking collapse of the early 1930s, and commerce secretary under President Hoover.
The pursuit of a writing career continues to take me along strange and unfamiliar paths. The latest turn is receipt of a request to be a feature speaker at the Adventure Expo convention in Chicago. Here is a link –
To say the least this is a very exciting prospect. However, it is again one of those opportunities that has amazing possibilities for advancement and exposure but extremely limited profit potential.
The largest drawback is it is January. For a good old boy that looks for his long johns when the temperatures drop below 80 degrees generating enthusiasm for a trip to Chicago in January is very difficult.
On the Route 66 front things are really looking up, especially in Kingman. Indications are that the second Chillin’ on Beale Street, scheduled for the evening of July 18, will be bigger and better than the first.
However, plans being laid for the August event lead me to believe this thing is going to take off in a very big way. Then in September comes the big daddy of events on Beale Street – the street drags followed by a huge block party.
The project to “Light the Night on Route 66” launched by the Route 66 Association of Kingman took a giant step forward a few weeks ago with receipt of a $10,000 funds matching grant. Now they just need donations and then the old neon will again glow brightly along Route 66.
To that end the association is laying the groundwork for a huge winter festival in January. The center piece will be a monster raffle. Things are still in the planning stage but it looks as though donated prizes will run the gamut from automobiles to sandwich’s, books, including signed copies, original art work, and all manner of Route 66 related items.
If you would like to make a monetary donation or donate an item for the raffle contact Tim McDonnell at 928-377-9684. All donations are tax deductible.