|Left to right, Daniel Azzopardi, John Powers, and Dale
Butel of Australian based Route 66 Tours, and author
Jim Hinckley on the 19th century wagon road near
Kingman, Arizona. Photo Judy Hinckley
It was our first visit of the year with Dale, an old friend from Australia. Visits with Dale and his crew, and speaking with his tours is always a highlight of our season. On this particular visit he surprised me with a request and I had the opportunity to play guide for the tour guide.
If I have said it once, I have said it a dozen times or more, Kingman is a veritable treasure trove of overlooked historic sites, delightful coffee shops and restaurants, and interesting museums. Clark Gable and Carol Lombard married here, and I can show you where.
Buster Keaton stayed here while filming a movie in 1925. Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart also stayed here. Andy Devine called Kingman home.
Pamela Anderson had a bit of legal trouble here. During World War II Kingman was home to the Kingman Army Airfield, the largest flexible gunnery school in the nation, and scattered across the wide Hualapai Valley are dusty remnants and vestiges.
We have scenic hiking trails and wagon roads, the world’s only electric vehicle museum, two distinctly different alignments of Route 66, and a wide array of tangible links to that storied highway. As a bonus, within just a few miles of town we have ghost towns and mining camps, and forested mountain trails.
There are also some pretty unique and interesting events. As a bonus, a special and memorable event or evening can be tailored for your group or tour. If all this piques your interest, drop a note and let me know what you would like to experience in Kingman.
One more plug. If you would like to experience rather than just see Route 66, if you would like to feel, taste, touch, and get to know the real Route 66, consider Open Road Productions for an adventure customized to your groups needs and interests. In a limited partnership I am working with Rick Thomas and his crew to develop customized tours of Route 66 as well as the American southwest.
To close this up for the day, here are a few scheduling updates and a pretty exciting development.
On May 2, during the annual Route 66 Fun Run, I will be at the historic Frontier Motel and Restaurant in Truxton. In addition to signing books, I will be answering questions about this storied old highway.
on June 13, I will be in Holbrook for their second annual Route 66 festival. Here too, I will be signing books, answering questions about the old road, and provide travel planning tips.
The Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation is moving forward with plans for the Route 66 Electric Vehicle Museum in Kingman. A number of new vehicles are being readied for the museum and there are hopes that the largest exhibition of cars manufactured by Detroit Electric will be on display by the end of June in time for the Great Race.
A t-shirt will be available soon, and the foundation is looking for outlets interested in adding these to their inventory.
Travel safe, amigos –