The end of another year, and the dawn of a new one, is now mere weeks away. This means the holiday season is upon us in America and it begins with Thanksgiving.
Over the years it has become a bit of a tradition here at Route 66 Chronicles to start the season with some historical perspective about the concept of Thanksgiving. As the new film, Lincoln is putting our 16th president in the limelight, I thought it might be appropriate to share a few of his words from April 30, 1863.
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied, enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray clemency and forgiveness upon us.”
While we are on the subject of the holiday season, and as Route 66 is our primary theme here at Route 66 Chronicles, I would like to make a gift suggestion for the fan of the double six on your list of family and friends. At the Jim Hinckley Studio we have two galleries, one of Arizona images and another that capture the best of our Route 66 adventures.

A sample of images available from Jim Hinckley Studio.

International shipping is available on all images and related products. Books, available for ordering at the top of this posting, are another matter. For international orders, please contact us for shipping rates.
Another great gift idea is to do your shopping at Fading Nostalgia or the Legends of America Rocky Mountain Store. This is a great way to support the starving artist as well as find something unique.
Now, a few updates on the Brunswick Hotel, Kingman beautification projects, other related endeavors. Funding for the second mural in the west wall of the Old Trails Garage has been donated by the Kingman Downtown Merchants Association and we have estimated time for installation of late December.
While funds are being raised to finish the project, attentions are being turned toward the door in that wall. We are also hoping to revive an old plan to refurbish the Packard Sales and Service sign for the front of the building as well as replace the visible register pump that once stood on the curb.
Renovation of the Brunswick Hotel continues with a steady pace. The goal is to have it up and running in time for the Route 66 Fun Run on the first weekend in May. I am hoping that the contractor can meet that tough deadline as we would love to have our gallery and the first stage of the Route 66 Information Center in place for that event.
Well, that is all we have time for this morning. See you on Monday.

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