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An Historic Mystery on Route 66

An Historic Mystery on Route 66

The sign that dates to about 1930 is a gem. The soft neon glow that it

20161030_005021760_ios-640x640casts on Andy Devine Avenue (Route 66) in Kingman, Arizona has come to symbolize the dawn of a new era in the city’s historic district that is experiencing a rather dramatic renaissance. The sign is also a bit of an historic mystery.

In about 1916, the last year for stagecoach service out of Kingman, a Chalmers-Maxwell-Packard agency opened on the corner of Fourth and South Front Street (now Topeka Street).  Indicative of the changing times, the city’s first service station and a cafe opened on the opposite corner. As the traffic on the National Old Trails Road was increasingly exponentially during these years, it was most likely a prosperous enterprise.  (more…)

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